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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 Frances (6 episodes, 1982)
(6 episodes, 1982)
Anne Haddy ...
 Mrs. Gillen (6 episodes, 1982)
Gerard Kennedy ...
 Dent (6 episodes, 1982)
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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 Mayor (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Reilly (6 episodes, 1982)
Nell Schofield ...
 Ethel (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 ...
 Lottie (6 episodes, 1982)
Shirley Cameron ...
 Barmaid (6 episodes, 1982)
Colleen Clifford ...
 Mrs. Stinson (6 episodes, 1982)
Norman Coburn ...
 English P.O.W. (6 episodes, 1982)
Peter Corbett ...
 Fleming (6 episodes, 1982)
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 ...
 Colonel (6 episodes, 1982)
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 ...
 Officer (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Ned Reid (6 episodes, 1982)
Vince Martin ...
 Frank Barton (6 episodes, 1982)
Rob Mercer ...
 Tom Larson (6 episodes, 1982)
Warwick Moss ...
 Pat Reilly (6 episodes, 1982)
Aaron Nitties ...
 Young Billy (6 episodes, 1982)
Bill Pearson ...
 Major (6 episodes, 1982)
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 ...
 Major (6 episodes, 1982)
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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27 June 1982 (Australia)  »

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Stupendous work, a commemmoration of Aussie guts and heroics!
30 October 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Staggering that there appears to be so little interest in this great mini-series. Has everyone forgotten so soon the debt they owe to a country's fighting men just a few generations back? Is freedom taken so lightly?

A superb companion-piece to Peter Weir's GALLIPOLI, 1915 tells its story through the eyes of the Gilchrist family, specifically their son Walter, so well played by Scott McGregor. As war bites deep into the comfort zones of Aussie families on the home front, there comes a realization that freedom might have to be both defended and even paid-for with lives. Walter and his best mate Billie MacKenzie (Scott Burgess) sign up and head out to Europe full of patriotic pride but with no conception of the horror that awaits them.

The scenes of death and destruction are painstakingly recreated in this seven part series and viewers are left in no doubt as to what the actuality of war is/was. It would not be until SAVING PRIVATE RYAN that the realism of war would be even more graphically displayed on screen.

Absolutely superb cast, with old pro's Lorraine Bayly and Bill Hunter as Walter's parents and Anne Haddy, Bill Kerr, Sigrid Thornton and Martin Vaughan (to name but four), in supporting roles. Excellent musical score from Bruce Smeaton further complements the drama.

Mini-series viewing at its best. Highly recommended!


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