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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Liz Gavin
... Sam
... Jenny Gavin
... Michael
Paul Cronin ... Bob Jakes
Maggie Fitzgibbon ... Alva
Skye Bassett ... Sharon
Patricia Patts ... Sarah Gavin
Richard Alzaga ... Matt Gavin
Philip Amelio ... Patrick Gavin (as Philip J. Amelio II)
Bessie Anne Collins ... Bridget Gavin
Kenny Harrison Jr. ... Owen Gavin
Michael Bird ... John Gavin
... Jane Gavin
Fiona Walshe ... Jean Gavin


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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7 February 1987 (USA)  »

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En busca de un hogar  »

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"How Do We Get One Of Our Sheep Back?"
26 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

It may have been a typical formula for Linda Lavin; a woman who sacrifices all for her children and has to stand up for herself against her neglectful husband, but 'A Place To Call Home' is nevertheless an interesting and involving story that took place in the early seventies. Both the culture shock of living in the Australian outback and the woman herself, who had numerous children and adopted others as well, are intriguing and do well to hold the attention. Lori Loughlin as the oldest daughter may be Hollywood beauty, but even she rebels against the unhappiness of the new life down under; yet there are children who do stand out and not inhabit the background who are not Hollywood beauties. Plus, there is no cliched interests like going to the mall or a concert. We are treated to the visits from a snake, the raising and unpredictability of sheep, and how involved the children get in their new environment. And rebellion is shown as a natural part of being a child, not put on a pedastol like in other movies.

Lavin delivers her usual work, no big surprises, Loughlin is a recognizeable face, Lane Smith as Lavin's husband Sam, appears at the end, and Robert MacNaughton, best known as the older brother in ET, towers over the other kids as a hyperactive teen, and Maggie Fitzgibbon works well as an Australian storekeeper who plays voice of reason to Lavin.

But the strongest player in this story is the story itself; the importance of sheep raising overwhelms everything else we are led to believe is important to a child. It is interesting to listen to the dialogue and observe the goings on at times as well, such as when Fitzgibbon and Lavin are talking, and at Christmastime. When Smith does arrive, he is now the outsider of this delightful situation. It really is a shame to see this saga end, but then we are treated to where all the children and the woman herself have gone to.

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