All the Rivers Run (1983– )
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All in all it's a good yarn, although the ending seems hurried and (without giving away the plot) unreasonable. I'd recommend reading the book in which Delie is a real three dimensional character, rather than a fairly cardboard figure. If you can find it, it's still worth giving this sequel a viewing - the acting and camera-work is brilliant, and the producers have done a fine job in creating turn-of-the-century Echuca.
The first half of this four and a half hour mini-series shows some promise, but it soon falls flat as it becomes predictable and thin. Some real verve and spark was needed in the plot to give the movie some life. Gus Mercurio's early exit didn't help as his character seemed to me to be the only interesting one.
Perhaps the longer T.V. version has more depth, because this video translation certainly lacked it.
Sunday, June 27, 1993 - Video
John Waters returns as Brenton, however Sigrid Thornton seems to have wisely pulled out and her role is this time played by Nikki Coghill. Once again the drama is too melodramatic and the cast don't help proceedings at all. John Power takes us through a roller coaster ride of a plot, yet our emotions remain untouched by the bland story, which is too unbelievable and uninteresting.
"All the Rivers Run II" has no freshness about it and the scenery may be the only thing worth looking at for the whole four hours. Totally uninspiring.
Saturday, July 24, 1993 - T.V.