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A Place to Call Home (1987)

Sam Gavin decides to relocate his family from Houston, Texas to a sheep station in Australia to protect his eleven children from the "destructive influences" of modern American society. ... See full summary »

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Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Carol Sobieski (screenplay), Carol Sobieski (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Lavin ... Liz Gavin
Lane Smith ... Sam
Lori Loughlin ... Jenny Gavin
Robert MacNaughton ... Michael
Paul Cronin Paul Cronin ... Bob Jakes
Maggie Fitzgibbon Maggie Fitzgibbon ... Alva
Skye Bassett Skye Bassett ... Sharon
Patricia Patts Patricia Patts ... Sarah Gavin
Richard Alzaga Richard Alzaga ... Matt Gavin
Philip Amelio Philip Amelio ... Patrick Gavin (as Philip J. Amelio II)
Bessie Anne Collins Bessie Anne Collins ... Bridget Gavin
Kenny Harrison Jr. Kenny Harrison Jr. ... Owen Gavin
Michael Bird Michael Bird ... John Gavin
Tamsin West ... Jane Gavin
Fiona Walshe Fiona Walshe ... Jean Gavin
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Sam Gavin decides to relocate his family from Houston, Texas to a sheep station in Australia to protect his eleven children from the "destructive influences" of modern American society. Because of business obligations, he fails to join them and, more or less, abandons his wife, Liz, to the hardships of her new surroundings. Mother and children are determined to make a go of it. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca de un hogar See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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De-Catholicized for your protection
7 September 2005 | by lutheranchickSee all my reviews

This film seems to be missing the main motivation for its heroine. It is made clear throughout the film, particularly in the epilogue, that Linda Lavin's character is an extremely devout Catholic. She is raising her 11 children by herself in the Australian Outback while her husband is away-- money is short-- the children hate their new life on the ranch-- she has a surly ranch hand to contend with-- but you never see her praying, let alone gathering everyone 'round for the family rosary. Sure, she mentions she loves being pregnant, a veiled reference to her adherence to the Catholic Church's ban on artificial contraception, and a Catholic priest shows up occasionally as a family friend, but surely in real life this woman's spiritual life was so much richer. The only intense spiritual practice in this film is the aboriginal belief, immediately adopted by the children, that magical stones can make it rain.


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