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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, D.H. Lawrence (novel)
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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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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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Gross USA:

$432,266
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An earlier filmed adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel 'Kangaroo' was announced in 1972 and was reportedly to star Dirk Bogarde however the production did not go ahead. See more »

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Lento from the String Quartet in F Major
Op. 96
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Worth seeing for the gorgeous Judy Davis
21 September 2005 | by brice-18See all my reviews

Displaced from the UK because of their suspicious proximity to the Cornish coast during WW1, novelist Richard Somers and his German wife Harriet go to Sydney where Richard gets caught up in some improbable Fascist politicking by the eponymous 'Kangaroo'. Colin Friels is too like Alan Bates for comfort, but his wife Judy Davis, with an impeccable German accent, is delicious as the sceptical Harriet (based on DH Lawrence's wife Frieda). John Walton is also excellent as their new neighbour. There are so many good actors from Oz - Kidman, Rush, Blanchett, Crowe, Sam Neill - but surely la magnifique Davis heads the field.


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