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Kokoda (2006)

PG-13 | | Action , Drama , War | 2007 (USA)
A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

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Alister Grierson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Finsterer Jack Finsterer ... Jack Scholt
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ... Darko
Simon Stone ... Max Scholt
Luke Ford ... Burke
Tom Budge ... Johnno
Steve Le Marquand ... Sam
Angus Sampson ... Dan
Christopher James Baker ... Blue (as Christopher Baker)
Ewen Leslie ... Wilstead
Ben Barrack Ben Barrack ... The Lieutenant
Shane Bourne Shane Bourne ... The Doctor
William McInnes ... The Colonel
Darren Taylor Darren Taylor ... Soldier - Forward Position
Lucas Stibbard Lucas Stibbard ... Wounded Man
Jeffey Gunn Jeffey Gunn ... Smiling PNG Stretcher Bearer
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A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Mates Became Heroes. The Track Became Legend. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кокода See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$400,424 (Australia), 21 April 2006, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William McInnes did this movie for free. His part only required him to be on set for a day. In his own words he says: "I suppose in a minor way, doing this part is like tipping my hat to my father's generation. It's only a day's work and I decide to donate my fee to Legacy. So at least someone will get something out of it." See more »

Goofs

When Johnno changes Bluey's Bren gun, he takes the ammunition from the gun, and after he is almost hit by a bullet, he takes it off again. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: We got nothing for you, got nothing for anyone.
Jack Scholt: You got any hope?
The Doctor: Where there's life, there's hope son. Courage feeds on her. You boys have been in for a beating, there's no doubt about that. No one's been looking after you, no one has even thought about you. Criminal, sending you up this place, no experience, no training, nothing. Now... now you have got to make a stand, can't budge an inch. You have got to die here. All of us. We have to.
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Kokoda on a human scale
19 April 2006 | by bear-183See all my reviews

While this film is not without it's flaws, it is definitely worth seeing. I found the dialogue hard to distinguish at times, and the plot line takes a little sorting out but the visuals work to stunning effect. It is a film that evokes a visceral (not to say gut-wrenching) response; one that brings the viewer much closer to understanding the nerve-jangling, terrifying experience of war, and the fortitude required to endure it.

Grierson's starting point are the words of the Isurava Memorial. It was the 'courage, mateship, endurance and sacrifice' of the boys and men of the 39th, 2/14th and 2/16th battalions, that bound these ordinary individuals together into a force stronger than the combined effects of their circumstances and the Japanese army.

The film is graphic in its depiction of the demands that that environment makes upon you physically. Though while watching it you might not feel the strength sapping jungle humidity or smell the stench of battle and its aftermath, you're left in no doubt about the challenges placed on human bodies by dysentery and malaria.

This is no glorification of war, but its grim and gritty reality. Seeing the film will help you appreciate the efforts of those who were there.


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