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excellent Aussie mini-series.
Celesilme25 June 2005
I first saw All the Rivers Run on TV when I was a kid and loved it. It was great seeing a mini-series that was set and filmed in a place so close to home. Living fairly close to Echuca, I loved going to the historic port to see the paddle steamers. The first one I ever had a ride on was the Pevensy(Philadelphia in the movie). I love how it takes its time to let the events unfold. Nothing feels rushed as most movies are today. The acting was fantastic. All the Rivers Run was perfectly cast and I just love the crew of the Philadelphia. Mac is always amusing to watch with his trademark raw onion sandwich after a big night out. Easily deserves a 10 out of 10 and is one of my favorites mini-series of all time along with the Dirtwater Dynasty.
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Beautiful love story
libby82530 August 2001
I first saw this movie on HBO. It thought it was a great story and followed the book very well. It is one movie that I can watch over & over, in fact it was just on Cinemax this week. I wish it would get a release on DVD. I found the story beautiful and of course the scenery was even great. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys seeing something done from Australia.
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Sigrid Thornton and other Australian Scenery
Chazzzzz3 November 1999
As an adventure mini-series, this is about as good as it gets. I viewed it when it was originally shown on HBO. Sigrid is totally believable in her role as Philadelphia, and the whole production was first rate! See all 400 minutes of it if you can. I highly recommend this mini-series. Amazing that I can't rate it officially, but for you readers/users I will let you know it's a solid 10!
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Rivers Run On
This was a great family movie with all the elements of good entertainment. There was action, drama, a touch of comedy, love, family, romance, intrigue and villainy, and triumph of right. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It would be lovely if, all these years later, a sequel could be done bringing Cyrus and Philadelphia together again. After all she and her family had to go through at the hands of her charming but irresponsible husband, and after all Cyrus went through to rescue her over and over again only to have his heart broken over and over again, it would be great to see them finally be able to have the relationship both really desire to have. It would be great fun to see her travel as a mature woman now to the States and run into Cyrus and see if the sparks still fly between them.
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Not a bad sequel, different from the book
geffers9 December 2005
The first series was quite true to the Nancy Cato book, but here the writers have gone their own sweet way, concentrating on a fairly youthful Delie and Brenton. The trouble is too much of the story is away from the river, and concentrates to a large extent on Brenton. It's very episodic - we don't see the children noticeably age. Although we loosely cover the children's stay at Mrs Melville, we lose the detail about Meg staying on because she's infatuated with their older son - well, Meg here is only a little girl rather than the teenager she ought to have become.

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.
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Better than expected, being a sequel!
vinterfrid-129 March 2010
Whereas the first series was a more family-oriented and charming production, the sequel depicted a more realistic, darker side of life. In fact, the plot was almost too miserable at times, but then again - no one said life is a rose garden. I have to say that Delie as portrayed by Nikki Coghill is just as good as Sigrid Thornton were in the first series (I have to pity her for not accepting to play Delie in the sequel). John Water's Teddy still is quite the charmer, but in the sequel he is allowed to show some darker sides as well. All in all, I think this second series was surprisingly good and far more realistic as regards the plot than the first series; they were both quite enjoyable though!
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Overlong, soppy romance
gcd7023 November 2007
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What should have been a dramatic tale of life on the river Murray turns out to be a silly, soppy romance about an English refugee (Sigrid Thornton with Aussie accent) who falls for the larrikin first mate (John Waters) of a paddle-steamer.

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
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Totally uninspiring
gcd7027 November 2007
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Only the immense popularity of the first mini-series could have been the inspiration for this very disappointing sequel.

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.
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