Six senior Aussie men, mates since war service, meet one morning each week in a gymnasium...they exercise together, chew the fat together, talk about their families, laugh, tease and sing. ...
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Six senior Aussie men, mates since war service, meet one morning each week in a gymnasium...they exercise together, chew the fat together, talk about their families, laugh, tease and sing. Together they solve the problems of the world, always agreeing to disagree. But some surprising and disturbing elements enter to test and challenge their comfortable relationships with one another and to the world around them. Secrets, differences and loss of trust threaten to destroy their long-established friendships. Written by
This is an ensemble piece for six men, and looks like it might have been a stage play. It also looks like it was made for some do-gooder organisation and designed to air a couple/three social issues. One of them is aging. Another provides the climactic moment, which is worth waiting for, so I won't say what it is. It looks like a stage play not only in terms of its setting, most of which is in the one interior, but also unfortunately in terms of acting style, which is generally much too big for the story. Rod Haddrick is a fine stage actor, as I gladly remember from my youth, and Edwin Hodgeman is excellent in A Sting in the Tale (Eugene Schlusser, 1989) which, as it happens, I've also just seen, but here Haddrick looks like he's in Henry V, and Hodgeman's part is a caricature. However, there is an outstanding performance to make it all worthwhile. Ronald Falk is brilliant in his complex role, believable and even moving, while at the same time humorous.
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