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The Champion - Yankee Soldier

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1989

Writer Maurice Gee’s experiences growing up in West Auckland during World War II were the basis for this home front drama expertly realised by the producer/director team of Ginette McDonald and Peter Sharp. Twelve-year-old Rex Pascoe (Milan Borich — future singer in the band Pluto) is a war-obsessed schoolboy worried about his father’s black-market dealings. Meanwhile, American soldiers are making their presence felt but not all of their attitudes are welcome. The locals’ prejudices are about to be tested by the arrival of a GI to stay with Rex’s family.

The champion doesn’t have such a strong storyline. This is much more a story of character than incident, which is why I think it will appeal to older children.
– Maurice Gee in The Listener, 7 October 1989, page 29

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Sharp

Director

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Ginette McDonald

Producer

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Maurice Gee

Writer

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Scott Harman

As: Leo Yukich

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Luke Pivac

As: Jim Whittle

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Jo Groser

As: Bella Crombie

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