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Series cast summary:
Barry Otto ...  Douglas Goddard 10 episodes, 1987
Nicole Kidman ...  Megan Goddard 10 episodes, 1987
Nicholas Eadie Nicholas Eadie ...  Phil Goddard 10 episodes, 1987
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ...  Evelyn Goddard 10 episodes, 1987
John Polson ...  Serge 10 episodes, 1987
Grace Parr Grace Parr ...  Le 10 episodes, 1987
Mark Lee ...  Laurie Fellows 10 episodes, 1987
Pauline Chan ...  Lien 10 episodes, 1987
Alyssa-Jane Cook Alyssa-Jane Cook ...  Deb 7 episodes, 1987
Celia De Burgh Celia De Burgh ...  Monica Montgomery 6 episodes, 1987
Tom Appleton Tom Appleton ...  Ferret 5 episodes, 1987
John De Ville John De Ville ...  Malcolm Fraser 5 episodes, 1987
Francesca Raft Francesca Raft ...  Ros 5 episodes, 1987


This 10-part TV mini-series follows an Australian family affected by the Vietnam war. Nicole Kidman plays a young woman who becomes an anti-war activist, when she sees what is happening in Vietnam after the Australians got involved. Set in the 1960s through to the early 1970s, the series shows the shifting attitude of Australians towards the war and the lack of humanity towards the Vietnamese.

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Drama | War






English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

23 February 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Vietnam See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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(10 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Referenced in The Bit Part (1988) See more »

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Nicole Kidman in her best performance
15 June 2005 | by dfle3See all my reviews

It's been many years since I watched this mini-series. The first time I saw it, I thought it was a gem, but with flaws. The flaws are the usual ones you find in Australian films/TV, namely, poor scripts and acting.

Be that as it may, on my first viewing of this mini-series, I felt that Nicholas Eadie and Nicole Kidman put in great acting performances. In brief, the mini-series is about the consequences to a family when conscription to the Vietnam war is introduced in Australia. Nicholas Eadie's character is conscripted by the nationally televised 'lottery' and he has to go off to fight in Vietnam. Nicole Kidman plays the sister of Eadie's character in the mini-series.

The scene where Nicole Kidman's character is being interviewed on radio, and her brother calls in is very moving. This scene is her greatest performance in acting, I think. I've found her acting overly mannered in subsequent movies where she plays Americans, e.g. "To die for".

The second time I saw this mini-series (hey, I liked it enough to watch it the second time it was on t.v.) it was Nicole Kidman's performance which remained the standout element of the production.

Australia has produced some of the best mini-series on television. Along with "Through my eyes" (based on the Lindy Chamberlain story), Vietnam is right up there as one of the best produced in Australia. Other brilliant Australian mini-series include Joh's Jury (fact based account of the trial of infamous state premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson) and any number of ABC TV mini-series on police corruption in Australia.

I have seen a DVD of this in Australian chain stores inside the last year or two. So, may be still available now, new.

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