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Kokoda: 39th Battalion (2006)
"Kokoda" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  2007 (USA)
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A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Finsterer ...
Jack Scholt
Travis McMahon ...
Darko
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Max Scholt
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Burke
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Johnno
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Sam
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Dan
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Blue (as Christopher Baker)
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Wilstead
Ben Barrack ...
The Lieutenant
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The Doctor
William McInnes ...
The Colonel
Darren Taylor ...
Soldier - Forward Position
Lucas Stibbard ...
Wounded Man
Jeffey Gunn ...
Smiling PNG Stretcher Bearer
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A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

39 th Kokoda Battalion  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$400,424 (Australia) (21 April 2006)

Gross:

$2,050,428 (Australia) (19 May 2006)
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This movie's closing epilogue states: "The massively outnumbered Australians were eventually forced to withdraw from Isurava and fight a series of desperate rearguard actions back along the track. After three more weeks of bloodshed, the Japanese, stretched to breaking point, were forced to retreat even though they were now in sight of their goal, Port Moresby. For the first time in the Second World War the Japanese army had been stopped. Australia would not be invaded. Chiselled into the memorial at the village of Isurava are four words: - Courage - Endurance - Mateship - Sacrifice - ." See more »

Goofs

When Jack trips and falls face first in the mud, as he crawls and struggles to get back onto his feet you can see his rifle bend and wobble. It's a rubber prop. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: We got nothing for you, got nothing for anyone.
Jack Scholt: You got any hope?
The Doctor: Where there's life, there's hope son. Courage feeds on her. You boys have been in for a beating, there's no doubt about that. No one's been looking after you, no one has even thought about you. Criminal, sending you up this place, no experience, no training, nothing. Now... now you have got to make a stand, can't budge an inch. You have got to die here. All of us. We have to.
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Realistic and moving
16 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There is a certain amount of trepidation in approaching a war film in the current climate of anti-war sentiment. Can you make it objective and avoid the over-sentimental patriotism of so many American entries in this genre?

The makers of Kokoda seem to have thought long and hard about this.

The moment in history depicted in this film is the invasion by the Japanese into New Guinea in World War 2. A situation that directly threatened Australia as most of the Allied forces were consumed with fighting their own battles many thousands of miles away.

For Australia it was a matter of going to this hostile environment to repel the enemy advance or watch them invade the homeland. Many volunteer troups were enlisted (known as "chocco's") to supplement the regular army. They were under-trained and poorly equipped for this battlefront.

We are shown that men may be drawn to war for the right reasons but when confronted with the prospect of death then the basic human instincts of survival take over. Would you just look after yourself or help your comrades?

First time director Alister Grierson and co-writer John Lonie wisely decided to take a small incident to humanise the situation rather than try for an historical docu-drama. The result is a tense, superbly acted and directed 90 minutes that never loses its grip.

Stunning cinematography highlights the beauty of the rainforest canopy against the human horrors unfolding below.

This would be a great film in any year. The fact that is has been put together by a first time director on a low budget with a mainly unknown cast (all performances are riveting) makes this a major achievement.


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