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Captain Johnno (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 17 April 1988
A deaf boy befriends an Italian fisherman in his village.


Mario Andreacchio


Rob George
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Frank
Damien Walters Damien Walters ... Capt. Johnno
Rebecca Sykes Rebecca Sykes ... Julie
Michele Fawdon Michele Fawdon ... Kathleen
Joe Petruzzi ... Tony
Elspeth Ballantyne Elspeth Ballantyne ... Mrs. Greenwood
Vivienne Graves Vivienne Graves ... Mrs. Fielding
Sam Sowton Sam Sowton ... Anthony
Rowan Campbell Rowan Campbell ... Darryl
Phoebe Salter Phoebe Salter ... Lucy
Peter Healy Peter Healy ... Mr. O'Connor
Peter Green Peter Green ... Sgt. Thomas
Henry Salter Henry Salter ... Les
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Kevin
Peter Merrill Peter Merrill ... Terry


A young deaf boy who calls himself "Captain Johnno" befriends Tony, an Italian fisherman in the small Australian fishing town they live in. Both feel outcast by the town and both share a great love of the sea. When Johnno's beloved sister leaves to go to boarding school, he is so upset he runs away to an island hiding place, causing much distress in the town. His friend Tony helps him understand how much he is loved and missed by the townsfolk and his family. Written by Alexander Lum

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

17 April 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine Johnno See more »


Box Office


AUD1,235,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film and Television Financing Fund. See more »

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An all around wonderful film for the entire family
25 April 2005 | by apollomanSee all my reviews

Originally aired in 1988 on PBS, "Captain Johnno" is set in during the 1950's in a small fishing town in Australia. The film is about Johnno, a ten-year-old boy who is almost completely deaf and his struggle for acceptance. Johnno's older sister Julie is his only support structure and when she leaves town to attend secondary school in the city, he feels lost. Adding to his troubles are a group of boys that taunt him and an unsympathetic new teacher. Johnno quickly finds himself in trouble at school and at odds with his father. Johnno befriends Tony, an Italian fisherman and they form a likely and unspoken friendship seeing as they both have a deep love for the sea and both are treated like outcasts by the townspeople. When Johnno finds out that his family intends to send him to a special school he runs away to an island hiding place, causing much distress in the town. His friend Tony helps him understand how much he is loved and missed by the townsfolk and especially by his family. This little known Australian film has some very poignant moments and good performances especially by Damien Walters (who is deaf in real life)as Johnno. Joe Petruzzi also turns out a strong and compelling performance as Tony. This is a very hard title to track down but is worth it since this is a very good film especially for children, hearing impaired persons and/or anybody that has ever felt like an outsider.

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