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Tales of the South Seas (1998)
Location only saviour for week series
The acting is weak, characters under-developed and the storylines are weak in this television series. The only thing that save the show is the breathtaking scenery where it is shot. It is suprising any television networks even picked up the show.
Three to Tango (1999)
Friends on the Big Screen
The movie is a friends episode on the big screen. Perry's character is Chandler from friends, the storyline resembles that of an episode of friends. McDermott seems uncomfortable in his role and Cambell plays a usual 'Cambell' character. The only difference from Three To Tango and a Friends episode are the other actors apart from Perry.
Phar Lap (1983)
Light Entertaining Australian Story
I enjoyed this film, especially being a horse racing fan myself. The one possible flaw of this film is the beginning. It begins the film with Phar Lap's death, and looks back at the events that transpired before it. However even though every Australian knows the complete story, for any foreign viewer the whole story has been given away! This spoils a possible strong and shocking end to the story.
The story line of Phar Lap is strong, he was a freak racehorse who came from rags to riches to win the hearts of all Australians during the great depression. After winning the biggest race in the world, his life tragically ends in suspicious circumstances, which forces a nation into mourning. Sub-plots however, including a romance featuring Tommy Woodcock, and Telford's money problems don't hold up. This doesn't spoil the movie as the story of Phar Lap can stand on its own.
Tom Burlinson does a good job of Tommy Woodcock, Rob Leibman practically walks away with the movie as the American Dave Davis. However, Martin Vaughan's performance is average as Phar Lap's trainer, Harry Telford.
Even with the tragic ending it is still light entertaining movie about a great Australian Icon.