A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups.

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Richard Somers
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Harriet Somers
John Walton ...
Jack Calcott
Julie Nihill ...
Vicki Calcott
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Kangaroo
Peter Hehir ...
Jaz
Peter Cummins ...
Struthers
Tim Robertson ...
O'Neill
Malcolm Robertson ...
Publisher
David Hutchins ...
Cornwall Detective
Victor Kazan ...
Army Captain
Bill Richardson ...
Army Sergeant at Medical
Alan Lee ...
Collier
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Major
Howard Priddle ...
Doctor #1
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A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups.

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A passionate author caught in a web of forbidden love games... and deadly power games.

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Kangur  »

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$432,266 (USA)
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The classical piece of music heard in the film was Lento from the String Quartet in F Major Op. 96 written by Antonín Dvorák. See more »

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Lento from the String Quartet in F Major
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The Australian Outback, intensified, and picturesque
26 October 2001 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Kangaroo, in many senses a forerunner to Lawrence's The Rainbow and Women in Love, is not a novel that reads as if it could be adapted to the screen; the book projects a brooding intensity as the Lawrence-character struggles to define his masculinity in his relationships with both men and women, and in doing so, confronts elements of his sexuality.

It is a slow-paced, introspective novel yet not without moments of comedy, astute observations (and beautiful if laborious) descriptions of the Australian landscape, recalling Thomas Hardy.

This film version is a treat - the director is faithful to the sense of the novel, and his lead characters imbue the film with life. As the Freda Lawrence character, Judy Davis displays a fine range of acting, moving from being understated to displaying those fine moments of fiery temper.

In all, an excellent film, lovingly choreographed and orchestrated, bringing to life a minor and overly-neglected work of D H Lawrence's.

Hats off to all.


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