Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's... See full summary »

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Tony Petersen
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Susie Petersen
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Dr. Patricia 'Trish' Kent
Arthur Dignam ...
Prof. Charles Kent
Belinda Giblin ...
Moira
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Father (as Charles Tingwell)
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Peter
David Phillips ...
Heinz
Sandra McGregor ...
Marge (as Sandy McGregor)
Helen Morse ...
Jane
John Orcsik ...
Walter
Robert Hewett ...
1st Bikie
Christine Amor ...
Annie
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Suburban Housewife
George Mallaby ...
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Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's beautiful lecturer wife in her office. Their get-togethers there are quite rootine. The professor is also seeing one of his students after class. Petersen and the professor's wife talk about having a baby. But then she accepts an appointment to Oxford, provoking a rage in Petersen... Written by David Stanko

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What happens to Tony Petersen could only happen to someone who loves life...but gives it a hell of a beating [Theatrical Australia] See more »

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The name of the student newspaper at the educational institution was called "Farrago". This is the same name as the real life student newspaper of the University of Melbourne where the uni campus scenes were set and shot. See more »

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When Petersen is driving Trish's car, a shot of the car going over a bridge shows just a driver, followed by shot of the car with Petersen and Trish See more »

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Tony Petersen: If you tried your best, and you still fail, it can only mean one thing... you are a dumb prick.
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A "they don't make movies like this anymore" film!
4 August 2000 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

They sure don't make films like this anymore! A good character drama, very realistic in situation and language and setting, the types that was popular in the late 60's and the 70's , but they stopped making them. When was the last time you saw a movie about one character, and his "everyday life" adventures for 100 minutes? Not in a long time!A good and well acted, very frank and very watchable character study/drama of a former sports hero who cheats on his wife, has a repair business, and is spending his money going to the University to "be something", while getting in messes that he somehow gets out of.

At the time, the film was considered a breakthrough for it had a lot of nudity, and characters speaking and doing things considered "uninhabited" in films back then, especially in Australian cinema. Times has changed, but still a very enjoyable and watchable film. Great performances by Jack Thompson as Jock, and Wendy Hughes as a Professor's wife whom he has a affair with, and rather shocking to see Thompson running around completely naked!! His character may be loud, and sometime stupid, but you cant help but like him, and wish the best for him. And kudos to Arthur Digham as a rather slimy Professor, who is married to Hughes. In fact you realize many characters around Jock might be more successful, but you can't take away the man's character and happiness. Good 70's drama!


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