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Country Life (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1995 (USA)
Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly ... See full summary »

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Michael Blakemore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Dr. Max Askey
Greta Scacchi ... Deborah Voysey
John Hargreaves ... Jack Dickens
Kerry Fox ... Sally Voysey
Michael Blakemore Michael Blakemore ... Alexander Voysey
Googie Withers ... Hannah
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ... Maud Dickens
Ron Blanchard Ron Blanchard ... Wally Wells
Robyn Cruze Robyn Cruze ... Violet
Maurie Fields ... Fred Livingstone
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Mr. Pettinger
Tony Barry ... Logger
Terry Brady Terry Brady ... Logger
Tom Long Tom Long ... Billy Livingstone
Rob Steele Rob Steele ... James
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Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly brilliant) literary critic in London. Action begins when Alexander returns with his beautiful young wife Deborah, revealing himself as an arrogant failure and wanting to sell the farm out from under Jack. Blakemore introduces themes about Australia's separation from England, as well as expanding the pacifist and ecological philosophies espoused by the local Doctor Max Askey. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related scenes | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amours champêtres See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$350,354
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (dvd release) (IFC library print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film adaptation based on and including most of the cast of Michael Blakemore's National Theatre production of "Uncle Vanya". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Max Askey: Nothing is pointless if we can learn from it.
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Connections

Version of Onkel Vanja (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

A Seville, Belles Senoras (from Don Cesar de Bazan)
written by Jules Massenet
performed by Nellie Melba (as Dame Nellie Melba)
courtesy of RCA Victor / BMG Classics
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26 March 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

Sally and her uncle work a sheep ranch in rural Australia, circ 1920 something. Along comes stiff and stilted Dad (Blakemore) and stepmum Debbie (Scacchi). Toss in a roaming physician, some hired help, etc. and you've got "All in the Family in the Outback". Personalities clash, eccentricities entangle, and hanky-panky ensues. "Country Life" is an endearing Aussie cum English wry and lighthearted romp which should appeal most to those who enjoy British comedy.


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