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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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John Walton ...
Jack Calcott
Julie Nihill ...
Vicki Calcott
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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
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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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a case for ponderous-ness
14 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

There's something vaguely half-assed about the proceedings. Maybe it's because Colin Friels is uncompelling. Maybe it's Tim Burstall's flat direction or Dan Burstall's equally dull cinematography. "Kangaroo" is a very literary film, lots of thought and talking and personality conflict. It's just too bloody hard to get into, really. Too grey and dull on the surface.

Judy Davis is what makes this film worth watching. Better yet, she IS the film. She plays a character of sensitivity and life, surrounded by people who are about as charismatic as sawdust. To have so many so utterly inept male characters populating one single film, it's quite hard to swallow. It reaches the point where acting quality doesn't apply, only annoying stupidity.


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