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Journey back to the booming Australian gold rush of the 1860s, a wild Outback frontier, and the spirited pioneers who aim to tame it. Now for the first time on DVD, enjoy every episode of the trailblazing first season of FIVE MILE CREEK, which chronicles a story of outlaw bushrangers, ruthless government troops, and the challenges of making an emerging stagecoach line a rip-roaring success. Filmed entirely on location -- your whole family can experience the adventure, courage, and heart of these enterprising young settlers as they meet one incredible challenge after another.~~

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A somewhat unusual but very fine drama series for the family, Five Mile Creek: The First Complete Season gets under one's skin very quickly. A 19th century Western set in the wilds of Australia, the show concerns a small but international community of men and women whose lives revolve around the scrappy origins of a stagecoach line. The story begins when a headstrong American woman, Maggie Scott (Louise Caire Clark), arrives in New South Wales with her daughter, Hannah (Priscilla Weems), in search of her husband, Adam. The latter, an American prospector who came to make his fortune in Aussie goldfields, sent word to his family to meet him at a place called Five Mile Creek. When Maggie and Hannah arrive there, they find Adam isn't around and no one has heard of him.

Stuck in the deeply wooded outpost, which is halfway between two important port towns and plagued by highwaymen and violent squatters (two dangerous groups interested in preventing progress in the region), Maggie settles in at the Haven. A makeshift rest stop and lodging for travelers on the Australian Express stagecoach, the Haven becomes a domestic mecca for the series' other major characters. Among them are the Express' two enterprising partners, a chivalrous American, Con (Jay Kerr), and a mischievous Aussie, Jack (Rod Mullinar). Restless taskmaster Kate (Liz Burch), a lovely young woman who owns the Haven, rides herd over several colorful hands, including reformed scoundrel Paddy Malone (Michael Caton). The 13 episodes in the first (1983) season juggle several running storylines (including the dramatic appearance of Adam, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes) and introduce a host of guest stars conveniently supplied by Con and Jack's daily stagecoach runs. Five Mile Creek also imparts some interesting historical context, including native revulsion at England's brutal military presence, old battles between white settlers and indigenous blacks (similar to the American West's Indian wars), and a climate of lawlessness that makes pioneering a dangerous business. Despite these brushes with real seriousness, Five Mile Creek is a very entertaining show for school-age-and-up viewers. --Tom Keogh


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Product Details

  • Actors: Louise Caire Clark, Rod Mullinar, Liz Burch, Michael Caton, Priscilla Weems
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 620 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AXWGTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Five Mile Creek - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Great wholesome family series.
Joanie
I have enjoyed 5 Mile Creek VHS in the past and was very happy to see it in DVD format--easier to store :).
CAM
Our family loves it & can't wait for more seasons to come available on DVD!
Regina R. Slovensky

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By TheProf VINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is where Nicole Kidman got an early start!

I grew up watching the videotapes of File Mile Creek. This is a unique alternative to the wild West of America. It is set in the Australian Outback during the height of the gold rush. The series is loosely based on the Louis L'Amour book, The Cherokee Trail. This is a great family mini-series and the characters are so interesting.

Kate and Maggie run Five Mile Creek, the waystation for the coach line. They are aided by Paddy, the Irish doom-and-gloom blacksmith; Ben, the horse wrangler from the States; Hannah, Maggie's preteen daughter; and Sam, an orphan taken in by Kate. Con and Jack are partners in the coachline, the Australian Express. Their fussy banker, Charles Withers, keeps the purse strings tight. (Later, we are introduced to Nicole Kidman as the sheep herder, Annie. But this is in one of the last seasons.)

The episodes included in Season One are:

Making Tracks- We are introduced to the people who will make up the crew of the Australian Express coachline and the Five Mile Creek waystation. Maggie and her daughter, Hannah, arrive in Australia in search of her wayward husband. Con Madigan arrives with the coach to meet his Australian partner, Jack Taylor. And Kate Wallace is abandoned and left to run the waystation all by herself.

Horses for Courses- Learning to live in a wilderness & getting the coachline off and running.

Love Before a Fall- Life is complicated by stolen gold and a mysterious drifter, for whom Kate falls in love with.

A Few Surprises- Jack contracts a deadly fever that can only be cured by a native potion.

The Scrub Bulls- Jack & Con look to expand the business but have to deal with a stubborn squatter.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Belle Claire on November 10, 2005
Format: DVD
I was in my early 20's when I discovered this show on the Disney Channel. Fascinated by the Australian setting, I was instantly hooked and began insisting my family and friends had to watch too. Some of my best memories are tied up in this show.

The opening episode bears the distictive style of George Miller's (of Mad Max fame) direction. But more distinctive to me was the almost instantaneous cast chemistry - each person seemed to find their 'voice' right away and that became for me the best part of the show. I loved Maggie (Louise Caire Clark) and Charlie's (Peter Carroll) relationship best of all, though I know a lot of people didn't really get them. They were an unusual pairing, but deeply romantic in their own way.

Jay Kerr (Conway Madigan) was a stud (and a real cowboy!), Rod Mullinar (Jack Taylor) was bigger than life and a huge pain in Con's side - but everyone loved him anyway. Kate (Liz Burch) was beautiful and a real go-getter who eventually claims Con's heart. Michael Caton (Paddy) was hilarious as an Irish ex-con...his riff on the Australian legend Ned Kelly was priceless. I loved his American sidekick Ben (played by Gus Mercurio). Between them all, they provided some very fun moments in a wonderful little show. Give it a chance - you'll become an addict like the rest us. :)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on January 6, 2006
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When the Man from Snowy River was a hit for Disney. Disney channel invested in an ossie production, filmed on location with a local cast-It was a hit

With out any extras, this 13 episode first season is familt fare at its best. These espisodes is a great cast and great production values look good on DVD.

It is great family fare that will never bore

Bennet Pomerantz-AUDIOWORLD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on June 4, 2011
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As most of the reviewers here probably can attest, there are few TV shows available that are fit for viewing, let alone for the whole family to watch. We don't have cable, and we often buy movies and TV series we enjoy, but finding something we haven't seen before is very difficult. While browsing the shelves at the library the other day, we ran across Five Mile Creek, and the complete first season was available. I have to admit, we weren't expecting much. Disney is not renowned for making movies or shows that are interesting (in my opinion), and these days, I'm pretty skeptical when I pick up anything "new" (meaning new to me). But then, we popped the first disc into the DVD player and this quaint story emerges that grows on you with every episode. I was not wild about the pilot. It was decent and fairly interesting, but each episode gets better and better, and by the end of the season, we were hooked. I got on the internet to see if I could buy the second and third seasons because we so want to know what happens to the gang at Five Mile Creek, and I was extremely disappointed to find that they never released the following seasons to this charming series. So, please, on behalf of the loyal fan base of this delightful show (which seems to be a steady and growing one with new interest well after the 20 years since the finale) release the sequential two seasons on DVD so we can all travel to Five Mile Creek to visit with this unique family who have so subtly and gently captured our hearts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Maldonado on December 31, 2007
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This is such a great searies. This is what America needs right now. A good wholesome show to show our kids. Now we just need the rest of the story. PLEASE RELEASE THE REST OF THIS SOON!
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