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The Far Country 

Two people from different backgrounds escaping their own past and finding a new life in post World War 2 Australia, can their pasts be left behind? Can the war be forgotten?
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1987  
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Complete series cast summary:
Sigrid Thornton ...  Jennifer Morton 2 episodes, 1987
Brenda Addie Brenda Addie ...  Sister 2 episodes, 1987
Don Barker Don Barker ...  Tom Armitage 2 episodes, 1987
Terry Brittingham Terry Brittingham ...  Bluey 2 episodes, 1987
Judith Burke Judith Burke ...  Manageress 2 episodes, 1987
Greg Carroll Greg Carroll ...  Joe Brady 2 episodes, 1987
Lloyd Cunnington Lloyd Cunnington ...  Doctor #2 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Dale ...  Dave Marshall 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Darby Peter Darby ...  Tim 2 episodes, 1987
Myra De Groot Myra De Groot ...  District Nurse 2 episodes, 1987
Olga Dickie ...  Ethel Morton 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Drake Peter Drake ...  Gordon Tyce 2 episodes, 1987
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ...  Pat Halloran 2 episodes, 1987
Maureen Edwards Maureen Edwards ...  Mrs. Morton 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Ferguson ...  Harry Peters 2 episodes, 1987
David Frezza David Frezza ...  US Sergeant 2 episodes, 1987
Geoffrey Graham Geoffrey Graham ...  Ted 2 episodes, 1987
David Wm Gray ...  SS Officer 2 episodes, 1987
John Heywood John Heywood ...  Bert Hansen 2 episodes, 1987
Sydney Jackson Sydney Jackson ...  Jim Forrest 2 episodes, 1987
Brian James Brian James ...  Coronor 2 episodes, 1987
Sue Jones Sue Jones ...  Betty Marshall 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Kilgour Mark Kilgour ...  Joey Marshall 2 episodes, 1987
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ...  Radeck 2 episodes, 1987
Marion McKenzie Marion McKenzie ...  US Wac 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Morgan ...  Clerk of Courts 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Moss ...  Sergeant Russell 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Muggeridge Mark Muggeridge ...  Jewish Prisoner 2 episodes, 1987
Roger Oakley Roger Oakley ...  Immigration Official 2 episodes, 1987
John Proper John Proper ...  Doctor #3 2 episodes, 1987
Ilona Rodgers ...  Jane Armitage 2 episodes, 1987
Bill Rowe Bill Rowe ...  Snowy 2 episodes, 1987
Bob Ruggiero Bob Ruggiero ...  Juan 2 episodes, 1987
Klaus Schulz Klaus Schulz ...  SS Captain 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Schwarz Peter Schwarz ...  David 2 episodes, 1987
Rodney Sharp Rodney Sharp ...  Billy Slim 2 episodes, 1987
Ian Sinclair Ian Sinclair ...  Police Constable 2 episodes, 1987
Fred Steele Fred Steele ...  US Major 2 episodes, 1987
Christopher Stevenson Christopher Stevenson ...  Nugget 2 episodes, 1987
Rosie Sturgess Rosie Sturgess ...  Mary Williams 2 episodes, 1987
James Taylor James Taylor ...  Doctor #1 2 episodes, 1987
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Dr. Morton 2 episodes, 1987
Noel Trevarthen ...  Dr. Edwards 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Zandle Mark Zandle ...  Jeweller 2 episodes, 1987
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Two people from different backgrounds escaping their own past and finding a new life in post World War 2 Australia, can their pasts be left behind? Can the war be forgotten?

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Connections

Remake of The Far Country (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony in E Minor, Opus 95
(Theme)
Music by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Adapted by Garry McDonald & Laurie Stone
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A good novel spoiled
27 April 2005 | by mainefredSee all my reviews

The book was good, but apparently not good enough for the screenwriter. Some flagrant differences: In the book, Zlinter's coworkers are good, companionable fellows, who all like him and defend him when he is in trouble; in the film they beat him up when they find he was in the German army. In the book, the Australian doctor rose to Zlinter's defense; in the film, he is a heel. In the book, not a word appears about the Holocaust; in film, it is in your face, both at the start and at a crucial scene where an Australian Jew undertakes to erase a swastika painted on Zlinter's door (a scene totally fabricated for the film). The book ends with the lovers in England; in the film they are in Australia. In the book, Zlinter tries to learn about a namesake who lived in Australia. This entire subplot was deleted from the film. The good news: Michael York gives a first-rate performance as Zlinter. The bad news: Sigrid Thornton is an unconvincing Jennifer. Bottom line: Nevil Shute must have been spinning in his grave.


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Australia

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English

Release Date:

4 March 1987 (Australia) See more »

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Nevil Shute's The Far Country See more »

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(2 episodes)

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