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The Violent Earth 

Portrays three generations of the Suttons living in New Caledonia, from 1888 to 1967; where they and the Kanaks work out their destiny on the shrinking land.




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Series cast summary:
Karina Lombard ...  Anna Temaru 3 episodes, 1998
Claudia Karvan ...  Jeanne 3 episodes, 1998
Laure Killing Laure Killing 3 episodes, 1998
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ...  Hélène 3 episodes, 1998
Joe Petruzzi ...  Vincenzo Scarpinato 3 episodes, 1998
Andrew McFarlane ...  Tom Sutton 3 episodes, 1998
Arnaud Giovaninetti Arnaud Giovaninetti 3 episodes, 1998
Simone Kessell 3 episodes, 1998
Jay Laga'aia ...  Jean-Christian 3 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Callaghan ...  John Sutton 3 episodes, 1998
Bernard Verley ...  Hippocrates 3 episodes, 1998
Bill Hunter ...  Campbell 3 episodes, 1998
Ian Wilmoth Ian Wilmoth ...  Customs Officer 3 episodes, 1998
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ...  François 3 episodes, 1998
Manu Bennett ...  Wanatcha DuValier 3 episodes, 1998
Brittany Byrnes ...  Helene, as a child 3 episodes, 1998
Alex Cassaretto Alex Cassaretto ...  French Convict 3 episodes, 1998
Martin Copping ...  Mr. Best (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Daniel Daperis Daniel Daperis ...  Tom (10 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Tamara Donnellan Tamara Donnellan ...  Marie Ange 3 episodes, 1998
Bill Fell Bill Fell ...  Photographer 3 episodes, 1998
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ...  Father Moissan 3 episodes, 1998
Mark Gerber Mark Gerber ...  Roland 3 episodes, 1998
George Ginis George Ginis ...  Prison Guard (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Elise Bole Hillaireau Elise Bole Hillaireau ...  Clarisses Mother 3 episodes, 1998
Alexander Kiloh Alexander Kiloh ...  Brother / ... 3 episodes, 1998
Leonard Landicho Leonard Landicho ...  Wanatcha (7 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ...  Theroux 3 episodes, 1998
Sally McDonald ...  Jill (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Andrew McKaige Andrew McKaige ...  Gendarme Captain 3 episodes, 1998
Sarah Michail Sarah Michail ...  Jeanne (7 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Rosaline Nachero Rosaline Nachero ...  Clarisse 3 episodes, 1998
Peter O'Brien ...  Yann Chevalier 3 episodes, 1998
Espérance Pham Thai Lan ...  Young Vietnamese (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Pierre Poudew Pierre Poudew ...  Chief Pore 3 episodes, 1998
Justine Saunders Justine Saunders ...  Aunt Junie 3 episodes, 1998
William Takaku William Takaku ...  Magnus 3 episodes, 1998
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Bishop Guiart 3 episodes, 1998
Cecilia Trandang Cecilia Trandang ...  Chinese Woman 3 episodes, 1998
George Zavadsky George Zavadsky ...  Chef de Gendarmes 3 episodes, 1998


Portrays three generations of the Suttons living in New Caledonia, from 1888 to 1967; where they and the Kanaks work out their destiny on the shrinking land.

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Australia | France



Release Date:

1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Terre violente See more »

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A rare, captivating, very human saga, spanning one century... and hidden in the forlorn "Pacific" of filmdom / IMDb !
12 August 2019 | by lionel-452-354748See all my reviews

"Hear, hear" for Pixie463, so well-inspired in his or her praise of this 3-part saga... 20 years ago, soon after the films were shot!

I find it striking that this little piece of IMDb turf is somehow in the saga's image: lost in an ocean of thousands of referenced movies or series, a distant speck overshadowed by blockbusters continents, mentioned here by three rare commentors who reached its shores at 5 or 10 years intervals (now four, 5 years after my both eerie and touching predecessor), when you can spend a night failing to go through hundreds of dissing comments "on the continents"!

The saga is brilliantly in the "colors of life", tragic and heart-beating, deepening human history by spanning 3 generations, opportunately showing how "it all happens for a reason", and also illustrating how much character any of us needs to endure the (numerous) hardships of life and how much faith (of any color) we must kindle to maintain hope that, after all, it's all worth it and does bring us a measure of grace if we've worked to deserve it.

I caught the first part 5 years ago on « France O' » (the French public channel devoted to France' overseas territories, their current culture, their history, etc.), and it made that kind of memorable impression me. These days, France O' is rerunning the 3 parts, I taped #2 and 3, just finished watching the 2nd... and can't go to bed without lingering on it.

French actress Claire Nebout (Hélène) is charismatic as usual and I'm delighted to have discovered Claudia Kevan (Jeanne) in E2, her acting is superior all the way through.

Since we're in Australian waters or just about, I must say it brings back memories and emotions of being enthralled, decades ago, by "The Thorn Birds".

Heartilly recommended if it ever reaches one of your shores!

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