War Movie – Anzacs : “The War Down Under” (1988)

“Anzacs: The War Down Under” (1988)

Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) during World War I — The expertly crafted, classic 1980s TV Movie follows them from the 1915 battle of Gallipoli, to the brutal trenches of France during the 1916 Somme battles, the 1917 Arias and Vimy Ridge battles to the final 1918 German offensives and the final victory drive as well as the hardships, mid-adventures and the casualties of friends encountered by each one.

Featured in the cast as a military man is Paul Hogan. It was Hogan’s new-found international stardom in 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” which sparked the American distribution of this version of “Anzacs,” two years after its initial 1985 Australian run. This transfer from a U.S. VHS video release is edited down from the 10-hour Australian miniseries.

“Anzacs: The War Down Under” (1985) – Episode 1:
Produced after the success of “Gallipoli” (1981), and precedes “The Lighthorsemen” (1987). Recurring themes include the Australian identity, such as mateship and larrikinism, the loss of innocence in war, and also the continued coming of age of the Australian nation and its soldiers (the ANZAC spirit). Starring Andrew Clarke, Mark Hembrow, Megan Williams, Paul Hogan, Jon Blake and Christopher Cummins.
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Credit to : LionHeart FilmWorks

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