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Jocko - Man with a Gun Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Drama Action

Jocko - Man with a Gun

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Drama Action

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In this episode of the early 80s TVNZ high country drama (penned by Pukemanu writer Julian Dickon and directed by Roger Donaldson), Jocko (Bruce Allpress) is reunited with two fellow Korean War veterans — but one is now an escaped convict and the other a police officer heading the manhunt. Stan, another escapee (a suitably manic Bruno Lawrence), stirs things up but the real drama here involves unfinished business for three former soldiers from a conflict 25 years earlier. It’s also very much a man’s world, without a single female character to be seen.

Jocko is a pretty together sort of guy. He’s seen a lot of life and death, has the wisdom of experience. He’s an itinerant because he doesn’t want to settle down. He’s a South Islander, one of those Southland or Central Otago people who are a breed unto themselves. Truly magnificent people. Salt of the earth.
– Bruce Allpress on his character Jocko (Listener, May 10 1980 - p16)

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