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1983  
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Cast

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 Rev James North (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Major Vickers (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Mrs. Vickers (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Lady Elinor Devine (2 episodes, 1983)
Rod Mullinar ...
 Lt. Maurice Frere (2 episodes, 1983)
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 John Rex (2 episodes, 1983)
Susan Lyons ...
 Sarah (2 episodes, 1983)
Penelope Stewart ...
 Sylvia Vickers (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Richard Devine / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Jeremy Coote ...
 Frank Edgely (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Blinker (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Convict (2 episodes, 1983)
Stephen Marney ...
 Prison Guard (2 episodes, 1983)
Glynn Nicholas ...
 Kirkland (2 episodes, 1983)
Henry Salter ...
 Troke, prison warder (2 episodes, 1983)
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In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with Sylvia, the Warden's daughter. Meanwhile, back in England, an imposter lays claim to the young man's inheritance. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Justice Will Not Be Held Prisoner See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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1983 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Me timima ti zoi tou  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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(6 Episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the mini-series was filmed in South Australia rather than Tasmania due to the infrastructure and know-how surrounding set construction See more »

Quotes

Kirkland: [to Rufus Dawes] I'd rather you do it. They'll flog me anyway and it will be worse.
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Connections

Version of For the Term of His Natural Life (1908) See more »

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Settle down and enjoy the (lengthy) journey!
29 April 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Overall a great adaption to TV of the classic novel. Colin Friels does an admirable job of playing the protagonist, Rufas Dawes, and the chemistry between him and Rod Mullinar (Lt. Frere) is excellent. Whilst the plot remains by and large true to the novel, the writers of this made-for-TV version for some reason felt it necessary to give the movie a 'happily ever after' ending, hence the last hour or so of this lengthy movie is drastically different to the story originally told by Marcus Clarke. None-the-less, worth the watch if you enjoyed the book, or simply for the historical aspect (the Australian convict era). So be prepared to settle down and enjoy the (lengthy) journey!


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