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Kangaroo (1986)

R | | Drama | 13 March 1987 (USA)
A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups.

Director:

Tim Burstall

Writers:

Evan Jones (screenplay), D.H. Lawrence (novel)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... Richard Somers
Judy Davis ... Harriet Somers
John Walton John Walton ... Jack Calcott
Julie Nihill ... Vicki Calcott
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Kangaroo
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Jaz
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Struthers
Tim Robertson ... O'Neill
Malcolm Robertson Malcolm Robertson ... Publisher
David Hutchins David Hutchins ... Cornwall Detective
Victor Kazan Victor Kazan ... Army Captain
Bill Richardson Bill Richardson ... Army Sergeant at Medical
Alan Lee Alan Lee ... Collier
Richard Moss ... Major
Howard Priddle Howard Priddle ... Doctor #1
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A mild-mannered English conscientious objector moves to what he feels will be the relative calm of Australia after World War I, but gets caught in the middle of violent battles between the rising trade unions and fascist groups.

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A passionate author caught in a web of forbidden love games... and deadly power games.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Production of an earlier adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel 'Kangaroo' began in 1981 with a different cast that included 'Jonathon Pryce', Helen Mirren, Leo McKern and Bryan Brown. See more »

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Lento from the String Quartet in F Major
Op. 96
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Misfits in Australia
18 July 2020 | by edgeofrealitySee all my reviews

D H Lawrence never fitted in - to his own class, to Britain, the modern world. He married a foreigner, making him even more of a misfit. In this film, based on his book, a writer - more or less Lawrence - objects to the war (WWI) and is suspected of spying, so he and his wife pack off to Australia. Fascinating to see depictions of Sydney in early 1900s. We're there really communists and fascists in this sleepy land? The acting is fine, and I liked the photography and music, but wished the script made characters a bit clearer. In the end, the film seems to have the same lack of commitment that it's hero has: he has one foot out of Australia the entire time, and leaves without any resolutions. This is disappointing, yet ultimatel more like life. Things end badly or not at all.


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Country:

Australia | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kangur See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$432,266
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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