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The Dunera Boys 

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At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter how long they had been here. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Joseph Spano Joseph Spano ...  Alexander Engelhardt 2 episodes, 1985
Bob Hoskins ...  Morrie Mendellsohn 2 episodes, 1985
Joseph Fürst ...  The Baron 2 episodes, 1985
Mary-Anne Fahey Mary-Anne Fahey ...  Naomi Mendellsohn 2 episodes, 1985
Simon Chilvers ...  Col. Berry 2 episodes, 1985
Steven Vidler ...  Tropp 2 episodes, 1985
Moshe Kedem Moshe Kedem ...  Rabbi Aronfeld 2 episodes, 1985
John Meillon ...  Brig. Templeton 2 episodes, 1985
Warren Mitchell ...  Mr. Baum 2 episodes, 1985
Paul Mason Paul Mason ...  Friedkin 2 episodes, 1985
Kirk Alexander Kirk Alexander ...  Capt. Webber 2 episodes, 1985
Julia Blake ...  Mum 2 episodes, 1985
Joe Bolza Joe Bolza ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 1985
Max Bruch Max Bruch ...  Artaker 2 episodes, 1985
Sally Cooper Sally Cooper ...  Kath 2 episodes, 1985
Marcel Cugola Marcel Cugola ...  Aviam 2 episodes, 1985
Maurie Fields ...  Cpl. Carter 2 episodes, 1985
Kim Gyngell ...  Pvt. Bruce 2 episodes, 1985
Jane Hopkins Jane Hopkins ...  Bernice Slattery 2 episodes, 1985
Stephen Kearney ...  Capt. Minter 2 episodes, 1985
Bruce Knappett Bruce Knappett ...  Dad 2 episodes, 1985
Mark Little ...  Pvt. Wally Dunstan 2 episodes, 1985
Alan Levy Alan Levy ...  Lippe 2 episodes, 1985
Henry Maas Henry Maas ...  Max 2 episodes, 1985
Alan Meerkin Alan Meerkin ...  David 2 episodes, 1985
Alex Menglet ...  Roth 2 episodes, 1985
Wyn Roberts ...  Slattery 2 episodes, 1985
Ed Turley Ed Turley ...  Pvt. Kerwin 2 episodes, 1985


At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter how long they had been here. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were fully assimilated. This film records the story of a group who were sent to a POW camp in Australia aboard the Dunera. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | War


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1985 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dunera száműzöttjei See more »

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A glossy interpretation of a terrible war crime.
21 December 2018 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Apart from the terrible Bob Hoskins, the notable cast does a good job with what little they are given.

A paranoid British government expelled about 2,500 'enemy aliens' on the HMS Dunera. The second world war had just started and in July 1940, the passenger ship departed Liverpool on a horrifying two-month journey to Australia. The whole fiasco was a terrible and shameful event and this long TV movie (or two part drama, depending on when and where it was broadcast) tells the story of what happened.

The horror, filthy conditions, maltreament and sadistic torture of these victims is overlooked in favor of a more theatrical account of the journey. While the film is effective as a drama, it is entirely ineffective as a historical document.

The running time is 150 minutes. If you embrace this production as it was intended, as a drama, it's thoroughly enjoyable. If you're looking for an account of the actual journey these poor people suffered, you'll be disappointed.

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