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The River Kings 

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Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells of the story of a runaway who escapes to the river to work on a paddle-boat ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Bill Kerr ...  Captain Elijah 4 episodes, 1991
Edward Hepple Edward Hepple ...  Angus 4 episodes, 1991
Willie Fennell Willie Fennell ...  Praying Jack 4 episodes, 1991
Tamblyn Lord Tamblyn Lord ...  Shawn Hofner 4 episodes, 1991
Kate Mulcahy Kate Mulcahy ...  Mary Thompson 4 episodes, 1991
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ...  Captain Snane 4 episodes, 1991
Reg Evans ...  Mallee Ned 4 episodes, 1991
Cecil Parkee Cecil Parkee ...  Charlee 4 episodes, 1991
Jacki Kerin ...  Lottie Hofner 4 episodes, 1991
Caroline Winnall Caroline Winnall ...  Jean Hofner 4 episodes, 1991
Hamish Fletcher Hamish Fletcher ...  Michael Hofner 4 episodes, 1991
Francis Greenslade Francis Greenslade ...  Pastor Patterson 4 episodes, 1991
Maureen Sherlock Maureen Sherlock ...  Flossie 4 episodes, 1991
Grant Piro Grant Piro ...  Spud 4 episodes, 1991
Diana Chamberlain Diana Chamberlain ...  Gwen Thompson 4 episodes, 1991
Maria Donato Maria Donato ...  Mrs. Santini 4 episodes, 1991
Bridget Walters Bridget Walters ...  Nellie Lillywhite 4 episodes, 1991
Henry Salter Henry Salter ...  Major Dudley 4 episodes, 1991
John Cousins John Cousins ...  Rasheen 4 episodes, 1991
Myfanwy James Myfanwy James ...  Violet Lillywhite 4 episodes, 1991
John Crouch John Crouch ...  Geoff 4 episodes, 1991
Edmund Pegge ...  Fred Thompson 4 episodes, 1991
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Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells of the story of a runaway who escapes to the river to work on a paddle-boat steamer and his friendship with an old salt captain played by Bill Kerr. Based on an original novel by Max Fatchen. Written by Jamie Skinner

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A boys journey "along the Murray River" to manhood. See more »

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Australia

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English

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10 November 1991 (Australia) See more »

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River Kings See more »

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AUD3,500,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Director Donald Crombie's involvement at an early stage opened the doors for producer Rob George who said: "Once you get Donald, you get all the right people." Crombie also acted as script editor, while Geroge tapped away, using money from the SAFIAC (South Australian Film and TV Industry Advisory Committee) development grant. See more »

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Referenced in Source to Sea: The Story of the Murray Riverboats (2002) See more »

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"Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river!"
9 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

Zippy mini-series that spans a generation of hardship happiness and hope.

Inevitably a powerful and emotional tale of a young boy growing to manhood along the banks of Australia's great Murray River. The latter provides the gritty backdrop to the lives of the Hofner family, young Shawn in particular, as in his young adult years he struggles to save the family from poverty and further misfortune.

Beautifully rendered, the audience shares in the family's sadness, humor and unexpected drama. Robert George brilliantly adapted the screenplay from the original novel by Max Fatchen. This is the type of series that Australia does so well and it was a major ratings winner during its original screening. An edited "movie version" is available in some countries on video, but not to my knowledge on DVD as yet.


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