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A priggish policeman and his naïve junior assist a battered wife in the removal of furniture from her belligerent husband's flat.
bamptonj23 November 2002
Peter Cummins is perfect as the 'by-the-book' sergeant who delights in helping the girl and her sister who sees himself as their knight in shining armor. He goes to great lengths to cure the husband's dirty- mouth and outpourings of crude vulgarity even if it means beating the defenceless man (played delightfully by Martin Harris) when tied up. He is the sort who has spent over twenty years in the force without ever directly putting himself in any danger.

John Hargreaves spends most of his time dumbfounded and `lacking `initiative'. Comical relief comes in the form of an impatient Chris Haywood, who plays the whingeing, bludging Cockney removalist - anxious to get onto his next job.

Filmed mostly in two locations - a police station and a flat - the story may sound dreary; anything but intriguing. It may also sound dark and violent. The truth is it is utterly compelling. This is an ensemble cast that plays their respective parts almost without fault. The screenplay makes an easy transfer to the silver screen and is a worthy addition the varied vaults of Australian cinema history.
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8/10
re: Williamson scripts cant go wrong
davidsontrent6 December 2001
Excellent black comedy with a terrific cast... Williamson's script is again sensational and this one should be up there with his more well known screen adaptions (Dons Party, The Club, etc) but unfortunatley has been fairly forgotten due to a lack availability.... Hargreaves is fantastic as the insecure rookie cop on his first day on the job and Cummins is also fantastic as his superior officer..... Fine performances all around, great direction and production also. Highly Reccomended
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