The Far Country (1988)

TV Movie  |   |  27 July 1988 (Sweden)
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Two people from different backgrounds escaping their own past and finding a new life in post World War 2 Australia, can their pasts be left behind? Can the war be forgotten?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Zlinter
Jennifer Morton
Brenda Addie ...
Don Barker ...
Tom Armitage
Terry Brittingham ...
Judith Burke ...
Greg Carroll ...
Joe Brady
Lloyd Cunnington ...
Doctor #2 (as Lloyd Cunningham)
Peter Darby ...
Myra De Groot ...
District Nurse
Olga Dickie ...
Ethel Morton
Peter Drake ...
Gordon Tyce
Gerry Duggan ...
Pat Halloran
Maureen Edwards ...
Mrs. Morton


Two people from different backgrounds escaping their own past and finding a new life in post World War 2 Australia, can their pasts be left behind? Can the war be forgotten?

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27 July 1988 (Sweden)  »

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Nevil Shute's The Far Country  »

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Symphony in E Minor, Opus 95
Music by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Adapted by Garry McDonald & Laurie Stone
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A good novel spoiled
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The book was good, but apparently not good enough for the screenwriter. Some flagrant differences: In the book, Zlinter's coworkers are good, companionable fellows, who all like him and defend him when he is in trouble; in the film they beat him up when they find he was in the German army. In the book, the Australian doctor rose to Zlinter's defense; in the film, he is a heel. In the book, not a word appears about the Holocaust; in film, it is in your face, both at the start and at a crucial scene where an Australian Jew undertakes to erase a swastika painted on Zlinter's door (a scene totally fabricated for the film). The book ends with the lovers in England; in the film they are in Australia. In the book, Zlinter tries to learn about a namesake who lived in Australia. This entire subplot was deleted from the film. The good news: Michael York gives a first-rate performance as Zlinter. The bad news: Sigrid Thornton is an unconvincing Jennifer. Bottom line: Nevil Shute must have been spinning in his grave.

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