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

 -  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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Mates Became Heroes. The Track Became Legend. See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kokoda - Das 39. Bataillon  »

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 [Kokoda] 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 [the capital of Papua New Guinea]. 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 Darko and Jack are creeping through the bush, you can see a figure run past in the distant background. The director admitted in the commentary that the figure was his safety officer running for the toilet. 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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iconic point of Australian history
23 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In the mountainous terrain of New Guinea, is the Kokoda trail. A small band of improperly trained and ill equipped soldiers have to keep the advancing Japanese troops, threatening to over take Australia. The Japanese outnumber them one hundred to one; though this isn't their only threat; disease and injured soldiers are dropping like flies, holding out till the back up forces arrive.

Kokoda is a vividly created film on Australia's last stand against the Japanese army. Not covering all of war in New Guinea, we are only shown a small part, focusing in the fight of this small band of soldiers. Director Alister Grierson draws out the gritty detail of the land; the mud and rain in the claustrophobic rain forest. The are scenes of great intensity that play out like a horror film, mixed with some beautiful cinematography by Jules O'Loughlin.

Iconic part of Australian history aside, Kokoda isn't that great of a war film. Though struck with budget restraints, the problem lies within the script. The first acts seems omitted, plunging us right into action, there's not a lot of setup. The Characters aren't fleshed out, we don't know who these people are, making it hard to make an emotional connection; even though your placed right in the horror with them.

In a great performance, Jack Finsterer is amazing as Jack, leader of the small band of soldiers. Equally great is Travis McMahon as the hot-headed Darko. The rest of the cast doesn't compare to Jack and Travis, with cameos from Shane Bourne and William McInnes.

While Kokoda is not a epic war film, for which it should have been, Kokoda is a wonderful experience, paying homage to our war heroes.


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