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Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s... See more »
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"Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river!" See more (2 total) »


 (Series Cast)
David Bradshaw ... Captain Snane
Reg Evans ... Mallee Ned
Willie Fennell ... Praying Jack
Hamish Fletcher ... Michael Hofner
Edward Hepple ... Angus
Jacki Kerin ... Lottie Hofner
Bill Kerr ... Captain Elijah
Tamblyn Lord ... Shawn Hofner
Kate Mulcahy ... Mary Thompson
Caroline Winnall ... Jean Hofner

Directed by
Donald Crombie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Fatchen  novels
Rob George 

Produced by
Rob George .... producer
Tony Winley .... line producer
Original Music by
Peter Best 
Cinematography by
Roger Dowling 
Production Design by
Bernard Hides (1991)
Sound Department
Frank Lipson .... supervising sound editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Warren .... assistant costume designer (1991)
Location Management
Mason Curtis .... location manager (1991)

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Additional Details

200 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating)

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Bill Kerr landed the lead role after the part had been offered to Burt Lancaster whose requested fee was too high for the productionSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river!", 9 November 2001
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

Zippy mini-series that spans a generation of hardship happiness and hope.

Inevitably a powerful and emotional tale of a young boy growing to manhood along the banks of Australia's great Murray River. The latter provides the gritty backdrop to the lives of the Hofner family, young Shawn in particular, as in his young adult years he struggles to save the family from poverty and further misfortune.

Beautifully rendered, the audience shares in the family's sadness, humor and unexpected drama. Robert George brilliantly adapted the screenplay from the original novel by Max Fatchen. This is the type of series that Australia does so well and it was a major ratings winner during its original screening. An edited "movie version" is available in some countries on video, but not to my knowledge on DVD as yet.

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