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Complete series cast summary:
Andrew Clarke ...  Capt. Martin Barrington / ... 6 episodes, 1985-2003
...  Cpl. Pat Cleary / ... 6 episodes, 1985-2003
Jon Blake ...  Capt. Flanagan / ... 6 episodes, 1985-2003
Megan Williams ...  Sister Kate Baker 6 episodes, 1985-2003
Christopher Cummins ...  Pte. Roly Collins 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Sweet ...  Pte. Bill Harris / ... 5 episodes, 1985
...  Lady Thea Barrington 5 episodes, 1985
David Bradshaw ...  Keith Murdoch 5 episodes, 1985
...  Rev. George Lonsdale 5 episodes, 1985
...  Lt. Harold Armstrong / ... 4 episodes, 1985
...  Sgt. 'Kaiser' Schmidt / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Alec Wilson ...  Pte. 'Pudden' Parsons 4 episodes, 1985
Peter Finlay ...  Cpl. 'Bluey' / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Elaine Lee ...  Madame 4 episodes, 1985
Leah Steventon ...  Marie 4 episodes, 1985
Sheila Kennelly ...  Mrs. Baker 4 episodes, 1985
David Allardice ...  Pianist 4 episodes, 1985
Patrick Ward ...  Sgt. Tom McArthur 3 episodes, 1985
Jim Holt ...  Pte. 'Dingo' Gordon 3 episodes, 1985
...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 1985
David Lynch ...  Max Earnshaw / ... 3 episodes, 1985
...  Field Marshall Haig / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Vincent Ball ...  Sir Rupert Barrington 3 episodes, 1985
Michael Adams ...  Gen. Kiggell 3 episodes, 1985
Howard Bell ...  Hon. Cyril Earnshaw 3 episodes, 1985
Diana Greentree ...  Mrs. Collins 3 episodes, 1985
...  Gen. Monash / ... 2 episodes, 1985
...  Dick Baker / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Nick Waters ...  Pte. 'Huddo' Hudson 2 episodes, 1985
...  Capt. Young 2 episodes, 1985
Peter Stratford ...  Sir Maurice Hankey 2 episodes, 1985
Vivean Gray ...  Matron 2 episodes, 1985
Francis Bell ...  'Pompey' Elliott 2 episodes, 1985
Meradith Rodgers ...  Nurse Purvis 2 episodes, 1985
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Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to the brutal trenches of France during the 1916 Somme battles, the 1917 Arias and Vimy Ridge battles to the final 1918 German offensives and the final victory drive as well as the hardships, mid-adventures and the casualties of friends encounted at each one. Written by Anonymous

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Anzacs: The War Down Under  »

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Prior to play in Australia television, the mini series was subjected to a vast amount of publicity . Played over 5 prime time nights See more »

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Pvt. Roly Collins: What's going on, Pat?
Pvt. Pat Cleary: [sarcastically] It's the great war - it's in all the papers.
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Interesting Aussie soaper...
1 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting chronicle of the ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

One reason my fellow reviewer here might not have enjoyed this film is that it was created for an entirely different culture (Australia). To brand it as "bad" simply because it isn't American is patently unfair.

This made-for-TV production is really aimed squarely at the Australian audience, who still revere the memory of the ANZACs, the troops who suffered horrendous losses at Gallipoli in WWI. The heroism of the ANZACs, who fought so bravely and with such determination, was such that the Turkish enemy erected a monument to them.

While it is true that the film (culled from a five-part mini-series), is not riveting entertainment compared to something like "Centennial" or "War and Rememberance", it does outline the feelings, views, and politics of the day faced by the ANZAC forces.

The Australian and New Zealand viewpoints of the Great War are rarely on display, and here we have all of the various sentiments played out before us. The overall feeling (still is tangible today), is that the incompetence and arrogance of British officers (under whom the ANZAC force operated), were directly responsible for the waste of lives in pointless charges against the heavily entrenched Turkish forces.

The mini-series is positively anti-colonial in regards to the portrayal of the British as uncaring, and more interested in saving British lives than that of the Aussies or New Zealanders.

Paul Hogan will most likely be the only familliar face for American viewers. I would recommend the Mel Gibson film "Gallipoli" for those looking for a familliar cast and a relatively big budget look. That film also has more weight to it, and is more stylized.

While "ANZACs" does come off as a bit like "light drama", or perhaps almost a glorified soap opera, if someone is interested in the topic of WWI, and the Australian and New Zealand participation in particular, the mini-series is worth a viewing. For scholars studying the events in this theater of the war, is a must see to examine both the attitudes of the day, and at the time the mini-series was made.


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