The Dunera Boys (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie, POW Drama  |   Run Time - 150 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Dunera Boys is all the more incredible when one realizes that it is founded in truth. At the beginning of the second World War, the English government sanctioned the arrest of any German nationals suspected of being spies. Among these was a group of Jewish refugees, as well as several completely assimilated British subjects. Fishmonger Bob Hoskins, who despite his Germanic background is as British as they come, is rounded up along with the other "undesirables," herded aboard the HMT Dunera, and shipped off to a POW camp in Australia. This lumpy but involving film details Hoskins' futile efforts to make the best of his bizarre plight. The Dunera Boys was originally produced for Australian television; for its American release, it was given an R rating for violence and language.



fisherman, German [nationality], war, Australia, POW (Prisoner of War)