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The Dirtwater Dynasty 

"Dirtwater Dynasty" is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Hugo Weaving ...  Richard Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Victoria Longley Victoria Longley ...  Kate McBride / ... 5 episodes, 1988
Steve Jacobs ...  Josh McCall 5 episodes, 1988
Bruce Spence ...  Lonely Logan 5 episodes, 1988
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ...  Hasky Tarbox 5 episodes, 1988
Harold Hopkins ...  Rev. McBride 5 episodes, 1988
Jenny Lee Jenny Lee ...  Mrs. McBride 5 episodes, 1988
Kristina Nehm ...  Esmerelda 5 episodes, 1988
Judy Morris ...  Frances Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Anne-Louise Lambert ...  Emma Tarbox / ... 5 episodes, 1988
Peter Phelps ...  David Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Scott Burgess Scott Burgess ...  Guy Westaway 5 episodes, 1988
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ...  Richie Eastwick 5 episodes, 1988
Ernie Dingo ...  Billy / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Ned Manning ...  David Eastwick II / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Leverne McDonnell Leverne McDonnell ...  Christine Candy 2 episodes, 1988
Hayden Topperwien Hayden Topperwien ...  Young Richard Eastwick 2 episodes, 1988


"Dirtwater Dynasty" is the story of embittered rivalry, triumph and despair. The life of Richard Eastwick is told in a story spanning three generations and eight decades. Born in the London slums in 1878, he comes to Australia at age 20, with nothing but a handful of courage and a dream. He acquires land, marries and raises a family, wins loyal friends and makes bitter enemies, and builds a land and cattle ranching empire. Both world wars and the economic depression take their toll on his family. But his dream to create a dynasty gives him a reason to continue. Written by <hartcher@dingoblue.net.au>

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A saga as bold as the heart of Australia









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10 April 1988 (Australia) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Oh No!! So close and yet so far away....
29 January 2007 | by Lesliepoealexan-1See all my reviews

I am so glad to see that The Dirtwater Dynasty has been released on DVD. This is the sad part - it is only out in PAL format, and I have NTSC. I don't suppose someone has been so nice as to dub it into the NTSC format? This is such a great mini-series, and a terrible loss to folks in the U.S. who won't get to watch it. It would be so nice if one of the independent networks would pick it up. After all, we can purchase "A Town Like Alice", which is another good one. Hugo Weaving is strong in his portrayal, that it is a shame it isn't better known outside of Australia. Oh well, I have waited a long time to purchase this mini-series. I guess a few more years won't make that big a difference. Something this powerful never leaves your mind, and the music you can never forget.

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