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John Ingram

Dead Calm (Warner Brothers)

with Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane 
Directed by Phillip Noyce 
 Based on Dead Calm by Charles Williams 
Available on video, DVD, and laserdisc in North America; on video in the U.K. and Russia

After the death of their son in a car accident, John and Rae Ingram take some time off to sail the Pacific alone on their ship. One day, they spot a black schooner in the distance; soon afterward, they are approached by a rowboat with only one man at the oars. The American's tale strikes John as false so he steals away to investigate the schooner on his own, putting himself and his wife at risk. 

"Here I met my wife. Very significant." -- Sam Neill

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The French Revolution -- TV Mini-Series 

with Klaus-Maria Brandauer, Jane Seymour, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer, Andrzej Seweryn, Peter Ustinov 
Directed by Robert Enrico and Richard T. Heffron 
Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
Not available on video in English; French version available in North America

An epic mini-series, this covers the history of the French Revolution from the first stirrings in the late 1780s, to the calling of the Estates-General, to the destruction of the Bastille, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the flight of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, the dissolution of the monarchy, and the reign of terror. 

"Sadly a mess, but moments of glory." -- Sam Neill

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Michael Chamberlin

A Cry in the Dark/Evil Angels (Warner Brothers)

with Meryl Streep 
Directed by Fred Schepisi 
Based on Evil Angels by John Bryson 
Available on video, DVD, and laserdisc in North America

The movie chronicles the circumstances surrounding Azaria Chamberlin's disappearance at Ayers Rock and the subsequent investigation. Her parents believed she'd been killed by a dingo. However, Lindy Chamberlin was accused of the murder based on circumstantial evidence. Public opinion turned against the family, who are Seventh-Day Adventists, as the trial attracted national attention. Based on a true story. 

"I have a great deal of sympathy and empathy for Michael Chamberlin. He is a man who is by no means unflawed, but I felt, and still feel, for him." -- Sam Neill

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Question of Faith/Leap of Faith -- TV Movie 
(Hart, Thomas, & Berlin productions)

with Anne Archer, Frances Lee McCain, Louis Giambaino, Norman Parker, James Hong, James Tolkan, Elizabeth Ruscio, C.C.H. Pounder, Michael Constantine 
Directed by Steven Gyllenhaal 

No longer available on video in North America

After being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Debbie Ogg's world turns upside down. With the support of her husband, she begins a search for a cure, any cure, which will allow her to live.

"The thing about this film is not simply the optimism as regards disease. It is also optimistic about relationships. I am a believer in relationships, and I think there is hope and redemption to be found there. That's what I found touching about this script." -- Sam Neill

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Colonel Andrei Denisov

Amerika -- TV Mini-Series (ABC)

with Christine Lahti, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Urich, Cindy Pickett, Wendy Hughes, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Mariel Hemingway, Lara Flynn Boyle 
Directed by Donald Wyre 
Novelization: Amerika by Brauna Pouns and Donald Wrye (Pocket Books, 1987) 
No longer available on video in North America

In the near future, the Soviet Union invades and occupies the United States, following the old principles of divide and conquer. Two men from the American heartland take very different approaches to countering the Soviets, one a former presidential candidate recently released from re-education camp and the other a politician who wants to work within the system to change it. 

"This is too long, but it has some very strong things in it." -- Sam Neill

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The Good Wife/The Umbrella Woman 
(Laughing Kookaburra Productions)

with Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward, Steven Vidler 
Directed by Ken Cameron 

Neville Gifford
Available on video and DVD in North America; on video in Russia

A new barman arrives in an Australian town in the late 1930s. On his arrival, he makes an advance on the wife of a local timber worker and becomes the object of her dissatisfaction with her life. She obssessively pursues the ladies' man to his consternation and to the detriment of her own marriage and reputation. Synopsis.

"A great sleaze this guy!" -- Sam Neill

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James Quick

For Love Alone

with Helen Buday, Hugo Weaving, Judi Farr 
Directed by Stephen Wallace 
Based on For Love Alone by Christina Stead 
Available on video in North America

A young college student becomes enamoured with her teacher. After he leaves for England, she saves money so she can follow him. When she finally obtains the funds for an oceanic voyage, she meets a gentleman banker on the ship who befriends her. But once in England she joins her former tutor and learns more than she ever wanted to know about him and herself. 

"If you like romance you may enjoy this one." -- Sam Neill

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Strong Medicine -- TV Mini-Series

with Ben Cross, Patrick Duffy, Dick van Dyke, Annette O'Toole, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 
Directed by Guy Green 
Based on Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey

Dr. Vince Lord
Not available on video in North America

A behind-the-scenes fictional look at the research and marketing sides of a major pharmaceutical company developing and testing a new and possibly dangerous drug. Synopsis.

"Not a great one." -- Sam Neill

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William Lowell Kane

Kane and Abel -- TV Mini-Series

with Peter Strauss, Ron Silver, Fred Gwynne, Jill Eikenberry, David Dukes 
Directed by Buzz Kulik 
Based on Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer 
Not available on video in North America; no longer available in U.K.

Kane is from a New England banking family; Abel is an immigrant from war-torn Poland. Both men find success in 20th century America, but events around the 1929 stock market crash lead Abel to blame Kane for the death of his mentor. Their destinies are intertwined as their feud grows and affects their public and private lives. 

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Robbery Under Arms -- TV Mini-Series 
(South Australian Film Corporation)

with Steven Vidler, Christopher Cummins, Liz Newman, Jane Menelaus, Andy Anderson
Directed by Donald Crombie and Ken Hannam 
Based on Robbery Under Arms: A story of life and adventure in the bush and in the goldfields of Australia by Rolf Boldrewood 

Captain Starlight
No longer available on video in North America (short version); long version never released on video

The adventures of renegade Captain Starlight, a man of aristocratic descent, who makes his reputation and legend as a robber and cattle rustler in the Australian bush. Synopsis .

"A bit of a mess this film, especially in the shortened version. I enjoyed Starlight and the locations." -- Sam Neill

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Plenty  (20th Century Fox)

with Meryl Streep, Sting, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Hugh Laurie, Ian McKellen 
Directed by Fred Schepisi 
Based on the play 'Plenty" by David Hare 
Novelization: Plenty by Andrew Osmond, published by Signet (1985) 
Available on video and DVD (Special Edition DVD also available) in North America; on video in the U.K. and Russia

As World War II draws to a close, a woman who was active in the French Resistance returns to England and tries to find a life for herself that has some of the the adventure and the importance of the role she played during the war. 

"It was a great pleasure to work with [someone like Meryl Streep], because it sort of lifts your own game. Having said that, I don't think I was particularly good in Plenty, I was a little bit daunted by the experience." -- Sam Neill

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