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The Dirtwater Dynasty 

"Dirtwater Dynasty" is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Hugo Weaving ...  Richard Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Victoria Longley Victoria Longley ...  Kate McBride / ... 5 episodes, 1988
Steve Jacobs ...  Josh McCall 5 episodes, 1988
Bruce Spence ...  Lonely Logan 5 episodes, 1988
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ...  Hasky Tarbox 5 episodes, 1988
Harold Hopkins ...  Rev. McBride 5 episodes, 1988
Jenny Lee Jenny Lee ...  Mrs. McBride 5 episodes, 1988
Kristina Nehm ...  Esmerelda 5 episodes, 1988
Judy Morris ...  Frances Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Anne-Louise Lambert ...  Emma Tarbox / ... 5 episodes, 1988
Peter Phelps ...  David Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Scott Burgess Scott Burgess ...  Guy Westaway 5 episodes, 1988
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ...  Richie Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Ernie Dingo ...  Billy / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Ned Manning ...  David Eastwick II / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Leverne McDonnell Leverne McDonnell ...  Christine Candy 2 episodes, 1988
Hayden Topperwien Hayden Topperwien ...  Young Richard Eastwick 2 episodes, 1988


"Dirtwater Dynasty" is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London slums in 1878, he comes to Australia at age 20, with nothing but a handful of courage and a dream. He acquires land, marries and raises a family, wins loyal friends and makes bitter enemies, and builds a land and cattle ranching empire. Both world wars and the economic depression take their toll on his family. But his dream to create a dynasty gives him a reason to continue. Written by <hartcher@dingoblue.net.au>

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A saga as bold as the heart of Australia









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10 April 1988 (Australia) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Full of anguish and heartbreak
5 November 2004 | by LesliepoealexanSee all my reviews

I was in Australia when this miniseries premiered, and raced home each night to watch it. My host, on the last night, handed me and his wife a box of tissues and told us we were going to need it. He wasn't kidding!!

The Eastwick family struggles through a century of world wars,famine, drought, and boon times but is cursed. Whatever Richard Eastwick loves, he loses. Whether it is bad timing or missed chances or just the normal "gotcha" of life, he has plenty of things, but no someone with which to share it. Beautiful cinematography, strong characterization and acting, haunting music, and Australia itself makes this miniseries unforgettable.

I, too, would like to own this on video or DVD. My host had taped the whole production, but I was unsure if the VCRs were compatible, so I left the videos there. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Please let us know if it ever becomes available for sale - even in Australia!

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