For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  12 January 1984 (Netherlands)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Mrs. Vickers
Lady Elinor Devine
Rod Mullinar ...
Lt. Maurice Frere
Susan Lyons ...
Penelope Stewart ...
Sylvia Vickers
Rufus Dawes / Richard Devine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeremy Coote ...
Frank Edgely
Stephen Marney ...
Prison Guard
Glynn Nicholas ...
Henry Salter ...
Troke, prison warder


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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Release Date:

12 January 1984 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Me timima ti zoi tou  »

Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)

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(6 Episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The ketch "Annie Watt" played dual roles in the mini-series, one as the ship "Malabar" and one as the vessel "Osprey". The 21 metre 42 tonne ketch "Annie Watt" was rebuilt for the production and was originally built in 1870. See more »


Kirkland: [to Rufus Dawes] I'd rather you do it. They'll flog me anyway and it will be worse.
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Version of The Convict Hero (1911) 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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