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1981  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins. See more awards »
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All the Rivers Run (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Drama | Romance
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Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.

Stars: Sigrid Thornton, John Waters, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series 1983)
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Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer
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Cast

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 Jean Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Joe Harman (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Noel Strachan (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Frith (3 episodes, 1981)
Yuki Shimoda ...
 Sergeant Mifune (3 episodes, 1981)
Anna Volska ...
 Sally Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Donald MacDonald ...
 Derek Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Jennifer West ...
 Mrs. Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
Pat Evison ...
 Mrs. Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Mandy Boocock ...
 Marlene Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Rebecca Marshall ...
 Rita Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Debbie Baile ...
 Audrey Forbes (3 episodes, 1981)
Cecily Polson ...
 Eileen Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Melissa Crawford ...
 Robyn Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
John Allen ...
 Bill Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Sean Hinton ...
 Freddie Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Jane Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Crispian Ashby ...
 Jonnie Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Donald Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
Patrick Dickson ...
 Tommy Smythe (3 episodes, 1981)
Kenneth Brown ...
 Ben Leggatt (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Captain Sugamo (3 episodes, 1981)
Hatsuo Uda ...
 Captain Koniata (3 episodes, 1981)
Lim Beng Choon ...
 Major Nemu (3 episodes, 1981)
Akio Fukuwa ...
 Japanese Lieutenant (3 episodes, 1981)
Zain Ariff ...
 Mat Amin (3 episodes, 1981)
Zainal Aziz ...
 Suleiman (3 episodes, 1981)
Antony Croser ...
 James McFadden (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Lester 'Les' Robinson (3 episodes, 1981)
Joan Lord ...
 Miss Carter (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Dr. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1981)
Maggie Dence ...
 Mrs. O'Connor (3 episodes, 1981)
Lorna Lesley ...
 Rose Sawyer (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Al Burns (3 episodes, 1981)
Arkie Whiteley ...
 Annie (3 episodes, 1981)
Tim McKenzie ...
 Pete Fletcher (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Tim Whelan (3 episodes, 1981)
Lois Ramsey ...
 Mrs. Driver (3 episodes, 1981)
Isabel Kirk ...
 Mrs. Duveen (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Bourneville (3 episodes, 1981)
Syd Heylen ...
 Art Foster (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Kowitz ...
 TAA Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ross Thompson ...
 Beetchcraft Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Robert Noble ...
 Dragon Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ed Turley ...
 Police Sergeant (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Paulson ...
 Flying Doctor (3 episodes, 1981)
Derek Wyness ...
 Don Curtis (3 episodes, 1981)
Gertude Treloar ...
 Palmolive (3 episodes, 1981)
Gary Priest ...
 Bush Brother (3 episodes, 1981)
Lofty Cannard ...
 Crocodile Shooter (3 episodes, 1981)
Anne Haddy ...
 Aggie Topp (3 episodes, 1981)
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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia Based on Nevil Shute' international bestselling novel A TOWN LIKE ALICE follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya--sh an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia-to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials. Written by Walter Coffey <wcoffey@hooked.net>

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4 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Der lange Weg nach Alice Springs  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final acting project by Yuki Shimoda. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1948, Jean Paget boards a Routemaster London bus. Routemasters weren't introduced until the mid-1950s. See more »

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Version of A Town Like Alice (1956) See more »

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a brilliant adaptation of a masterpiece
2 February 2001 | by (england) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film at least 100 times and I am still excited by it, the acting is perfect and the romance between Joe and Jean keeps me on the edge of my seat, plus I still think Bryan Brown is the tops. Brilliant Film.


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