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More Winners: Boy Soldiers (1990)

In 1910 the Australian Government passed a law requiring all boys aged between 14 and 17 years of age to register for compulsory military training. Will Barnes is a 14-year-old conscientious objector who refuses to register.

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writer:

Cliff Green
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Credited cast:
Tamblyn Lord Tamblyn Lord ... Will Barnes
Bruno Lawrence ... Thomas Barnes
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Elizabeth Barnes
Nicholas Bell ... Commandant
Kevin Miles Kevin Miles ... Magistrate
Tim Edgar Tim Edgar ... Dick Bell
Jimmy Plunkett Jimmy Plunkett ... Dinger
Jamie Churchill Jamie Churchill ... Mark
Nathan Croft Nathan Croft ... Ned Crocker
Damian Walshe-Howling ... Reg Sanders
Lachlan Jeffrey Lachlan Jeffrey ... Scratch
Gary Sweet ... Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Corporal Signaller
Luke Armstrong Luke Armstrong ... Kid
Greg Carroll Greg Carroll ... Policeman
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In 1910 the Australian Government passed a law requiring all boys aged between 14 and 17 years of age to register for compulsory military training. Will Barnes is a 14-year-old conscientious objector who refuses to register. He is sentenced to three months training at Fort Queenscliff, where he meets a lot of opposition, but also wins his share of admirers for sticking to his beliefs.

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thought-provoking and well-acted, but incompletely developed
3 September 2000 | by juris47See all my reviews

This is a well-acted, although somewhat brief film, about a courageous youth in Australia, just before the outbreak of World War I, who refused to comply with mandatory conscription at a time when conscientious objection was not an option. There are three drawbacks to the movie. 1) The actors' Australian accents coupled with the movie's mediocre sound quality made it difficult for this American to understand the dialogue at times. 2) C.O.s were treated more brutally during World War I than this film depicts. 3) The ending left me unsatisfied. Notwithstanding, the film is thought-provoking, and I recommend that parents watch it with their teenage children, and discuss it afterwards.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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