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For the Term of His Natural Life
For the Term of His Natural Life
Actors: Diane Cilento, Robert Coleby, Jeremy Coote, Samantha Eggar, Colin Friels
Director: Rob Stewart
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2001     4hr 38min


     
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Actors: Diane Cilento, Robert Coleby, Jeremy Coote, Samantha Eggar, Colin Friels
Director: Rob Stewart
Creators: Patricia Payne, Wilton Schiller, Marcus Clarke
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 4hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
 

Movie Reviews

The Sad tale of a prisoner
Kathryn Mccauley | Humble, TX United States | 08/23/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is adapted from a book written in the 1800's. It was considered a strong novel about the bad state of prisons. It is about a prisoner who is innocent, but his whole life, is accoused of killing another person. The film seems less severe than the book. As more sad things happen in the book. So get your hankey's out, it's a tear-jerker..."
Up with the best
Warren P | Sydney , NSW Australia | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Colin Friels is probably less known or acclaimed internationally than his wife Judy Davis. His effort in this miniseries though early in his career should have him right up there equally recognized. A great story and a miniseries collectable."
Brilliant story and Colin Friels is magnificent so young
Paul Thoroughgood | Brisbane, Australia | 03/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this on TV, here in Australia a long time ago and only recently again on Pay TV and have straight away placed it in my shopping cart. It is the magnificent story of an Englishman who after learning he is the barstard son of another man is disinherited. He is then falsely accused of the murder of his true father and the theft of a watch and sent to a Penal colony in Van Diemen's Land (Now Tasmania) for the term of his natural life. It shows his struggle for freedom against the tyranny of British rule and countless altercations with other prisoners and a particular Prison officer. He saves the life of the Commandents daughter, but is tricked and sent back to prison. He strives for freedom and a possible return to England so he can reunite with his mother. It is a long program over 5hrs, possibly best watched over a couple of nights. Though if you're like me won't be able to turn it off."
Great adaptation
Mr. William Hollingsworth | australia | 03/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great job. Anyone who read the book would know there is no way to do the whole thing on screen, but what a terrific job they did. I think even a novice would still understand the movie without the insider knowledge left out from the book."