Two young men from the country join the army and leave for World War I.
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Series cast summary:
Scott Burgess ...
 Billy Mackenzie 6 episodes, 1982
Scott McGregor ...
 Walter Gilchrist 6 episodes, 1982
Lorraine Bayly ...
 Helen Gilchrist 6 episodes, 1982
Gary Holmes ...
 Douggie Gilchrist 6 episodes, 1982
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 Alan Gilchrist 6 episodes, 1982
Jackie Woodburne ...
 Dianna Bendetto 6 episodes, 1982
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 Brigid Scott 6 episodes, 1982
Russell Newman ...
 Dave Scott 6 episodes, 1982
Revelly Jones ...
 Henry Scott 6 episodes, 1982
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Anne Haddy ...
 Mrs. Gillen 6 episodes, 1982
Gerard Kennedy ...
Serge Lazareff ...
 Blackly Reid 6 episodes, 1982
Richard Moir ...
 Rev. Fox 6 episodes, 1982
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 Robert Gillen 6 episodes, 1982
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 Mrs. Reilly 6 episodes, 1982
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 Hugh McKenzie 6 episodes, 1982
John Allen ...
 Reg Hurst 6 episodes, 1982
Maggie Blinco ...
 Mrs. Brewer 6 episodes, 1982
Larissa Burnett ...
Shirley Cameron ...
Colleen Clifford ...
 Mrs. Stinson 6 episodes, 1982
Norman Coburn ...
 English P.O.W. 6 episodes, 1982
Peter Corbett ...
Clair Crowther ...
 May Armitage 6 episodes, 1982
Mervyn Drake ...
 Lieutenant Fagan 6 episodes, 1982
Hans Farkash ...
 Heinrich 6 episodes, 1982
Janice Finn ...
 Elsie McKenzie 6 episodes, 1982
Reg Gillam ...
Ron Graham ...
 Army sergeant 6 episodes, 1982
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 Boof Lucas 6 episodes, 1982
Steven Henningham ...
 Young Walter 6 episodes, 1982
Ric Herbert ...
 Pig Nolan 6 episodes, 1982
Noel Hodda ...
 Captain Barnes 6 episodes, 1982
Diana Jeffrey ...
 Mrs. Fox 6 episodes, 1982
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 Sharon Kerley 6 episodes, 1982
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 Corporal 6 episodes, 1982
Chris Lewis ...
 Nugget Arthur 6 episodes, 1982
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 Captain Ashworth 6 episodes, 1982
Ray Marshall ...
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 Ned Reid 6 episodes, 1982
Vince Martin ...
 Frank Barton 6 episodes, 1982
Rob Mercer ...
 Tom Larson 6 episodes, 1982
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 Pat Reilly 6 episodes, 1982
Aaron Nitties ...
 Young Billy 6 episodes, 1982
Bill Pearson ...
Trevor Prior ...
 Man on ferry 6 episodes, 1982
Graham Rouse ...
 Police sergeant 6 episodes, 1982
Damon Sanders ...
 Harry Crowell 6 episodes, 1982
Colin Taylor ...
 Army doctor 6 episodes, 1982
Alan Tobin ...
Adrian Wright ...
 Oliver Melrose 6 episodes, 1982
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Two young men from the country join the army and leave for World War I.

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Another war. Another time. Nothing changes.

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Another time, another war, nothing changes
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Has anyone seen this mini-series besides me? I taped this program from public TV 20 something years ago, put it aside for a wet weekend, and watched it for the first time last night. Seeing as we are once again embroiled in a war, it should be brought back for a repeat viewing. PBS take note.

I don't consider it a spoiler when I say that the story is very similar to "The Deer Hunter" and is the usual sad tale of a group of young friends living an idyllic life in pre WWI Australia, with few worries other than finding the right person to settle down with. Billy is the local mischievous scamp, son of a hard drinking failure, attracting trouble like a lightning rod and catnip to the local women, married or not. Walter is the educated son of a more successful grazier. They meet and both fall for Frances whose father runs a hotel while her mother teaches music in Sydney. War comes and everyone celebrates the "big adventure", bands play, the young men rush off to join up, but little do they realize what they are in for. By the end, as in all such films, lives are changed forever.

The beautiful and nostalgic scenery alone is worth watching, the old pubs, trains, railway stations, farms and gracious old homesteads in New South Wales, Australia. Life moves along at a slow pace - letters to loved ones are written, the girls walk down to the mail box to post their letters kissing them before they drop them in the box. Evenings are spent around the piano. Australians paid a terrible price in the first world war, especially when you consider that it was a European war and they lived on the other side of the world.

I really hope some day it will be available on DVD, or re-shown on TV as I would love to see a good clear copy.


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