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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.

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... Richard Somers
... Harriet Somers
John Walton ... Jack Calcott
... Vicki Calcott
... Kangaroo
Peter Hehir ... Jaz
Peter Cummins ... Struthers
Tim Robertson ... O'Neill
Malcolm Robertson ... Publisher
David Hutchins ... Cornwall Detective
Victor Kazan ... Army Captain
Bill Richardson ... Army Sergeant at Medical
Alan Lee ... Collier
... Major
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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Second Australian theatrical feature film to be called 'Kangaroo'. The first, Kangaroo (1952), was an American western set in Australia with Aerican lead stars, and is completely unrelated to this film. This later same-titled movie is not a remake of Kangaroo (1952). These two "Kangaroo" titled movies were made and released about thirty-four years apart. See more »

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Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Worth seeing for the gorgeous Judy Davis
21 September 2005 | by See 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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