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Release Date:
14 September 1995 (Australia) See more »
One of the most shocking chapters in the history of Australian Law Enforcement! See more »
Detective Sergeant Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson got fame because he knew how to take care of most dangerous and violent criminals... See more »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast [67])

Richard Roxburgh ... Roger Rogerson (2 episodes, 1995)

Tony Martin ... Arthur 'Neddy' Smith (2 episodes, 1995)

Steve Bastoni ... Michael Drury (2 episodes, 1995)
Gary Day ... Bill Crofton (2 episodes, 1995)

Steve Jacobs ... Mal Rivers (2 episodes, 1995)

Peter Phelps ... Abo Henry (2 episodes, 1995)

Marcus Graham ... Alan Williams (2 episodes, 1995)

Alex Dimitriades ... Warren Lanfranchi (2 episodes, 1995)

Bill Hunter ... Angus McDonald (2 episodes, 1995)

Gary Sweet ... Christopher Dale Flannery (2 episodes, 1995)
John Hargreaves ... Chester Porter QC (2 episodes, 1995)

Ian Bliss ... Bobby Chapman (2 episodes, 1995)
Stephen Eley ... Duty Sergeant (2 episodes, 1995)

Richard Carter ... Lyail Chandler (2 episodes, 1995)
Joy Smithers ... Debra Smith (2 episodes, 1995)
Eleni Batley ... Jaime Smith (2 episodes, 1995)
Dion Mihajlovski ... Darrin Smith (2 episodes, 1995)
Bruce Barry ... Commissioner Abbott (2 episodes, 1995)
Bogdan Koca ... Lewis Roussos (2 episodes, 1995)
Loene Carmen ... Sallie-Anne Huckstepp (2 episodes, 1995)
Ray Martin ... Himself (2 episodes, 1995)
Anthony Cogin ... Steve Paully (2 episodes, 1995)
Phillip Hinton ... Ian Barker QC (2 episodes, 1995)
Nicole Pottinger ... Melinda Rogerson (2 episodes, 1995)
Brigitte Lawson ... Gillian Rogerson (2 episodes, 1995)
Kris Bidenko ... Joy Rogerson (2 episodes, 1995)
Jim Holt ... Brian Alexander (2 episodes, 1995)
Jeffrey Rhoe ... Detective on boat 1 (2 episodes, 1995)
Jack Mayers ... Detective on boat 2 (2 episodes, 1995)

John Jarratt ... Jack Richardson (2 episodes, 1995)
Graham Rouse ... Frank Avery (2 episodes, 1995)

Laurie Foell ... Pam Drury (2 episodes, 1995)

Robert Morgan ... Brian Hansen (2 episodes, 1995)

Franc Violi ... David Mennie (2 episodes, 1995)
Peter Sommerfeld ... Assistant Commissioner (2 episodes, 1995)
Brendan Higgins ... John Weel (2 episodes, 1995)
Tom Appleton ... Victorian Patrolman (2 episodes, 1995)
David Baldwin ... Phil Dunn (2 episodes, 1995)
Warwick Moss ... Jim Brazel (2 episodes, 1995)
Paul Sonkkila ... Noel Morey (2 episodes, 1995)
Terrie Bowie ... Stripper (2 episodes, 1995)

Skye Wansey ... Kath Flannery (2 episodes, 1995)

Aaron Jeffery ... Bobby Williams (2 episodes, 1995)

Marshall Napier ... Tony Eustace (2 episodes, 1995)
Erin Smith ... Belinda Drury (2 episodes, 1995)
Jake Blundell ... Constable (2 episodes, 1995)
John McNeill ... Ron Daly (2 episodes, 1995)
Vincent Ball ... Dr. Cumberland (2 episodes, 1995)
Michael O'Neill ... Bruce Lyons (2 episodes, 1995)
John Sheerin ... Dave Perrin (2 episodes, 1995)
Stephen O'Rourke ... Jim Wallis (2 episodes, 1995)

Geoff Morrell ... Les Knox (2 episodes, 1995)
Kristoffer Greaves ... Ken Bowditch (2 episodes, 1995)
Sascha Huckstepp ... Nurse (2 episodes, 1995)
Stephen Leeder ... Ron Stephenson (2 episodes, 1995)
Ron Graham ... Senior Officer (2 episodes, 1995)
Les Dayman ... Commissioner Avery (2 episodes, 1995)
John Walton ... Jim Loomes (2 episodes, 1995)
Dennis Miller ... Bruce Kerrison (2 episodes, 1995)
Bryan Marshall ... Task Force Officer (2 episodes, 1995)
Neil Moora ... Detective (2 episodes, 1995)
Mervyn Drake ... Jack Hiatt QC (2 episodes, 1995)
Barry Donnelly ... Judge Staunton (2 episodes, 1995)
Ricky Noble ... Huckstepp's Advisor (2 episodes, 1995)
Damian Monk ... Warren Richards (2 episodes, 1995)

David Franklin ... Glen Flack (2 episodes, 1995)
Ken Radley ... Doug Kelly (2 episodes, 1995)

Series Directed by
Michael Jenkins (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Writing credits
Ian David (2 episodes, 1995)

Series Produced by
Rod Allan .... producer (2 episodes, 1995)
Wayne Barry .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1995)
Penny Chapman .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1995)
Errol Sullivan .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Original Music by
Peter Best (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Cinematography by
Martin McGrath (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Film Editing by
Bill Russo (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Casting by
Alison Barrett (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Production Design by
Murray Picknett (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Art Direction by
Karen Land (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Costume Design by
David Rowe (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Makeup Department
Ian Loughnan .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Campbell .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1995)
P.J. Voeten .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Sound Department
Andrew Belletty .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1995)
Catherine Gross .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1995)
Nicholas Wood .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Stunts
Danny Baldwin .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Nash Edgerton .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Tony Lynch .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1995)
Glenn Suter .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Peter West .... stunt driver / stunt performer (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Zoe Bunton .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1995)
Steve Byron .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera (2 episodes, 1995)
Adam Hunter .... electrician (2 episodes, 1995)
David Parkinson .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Casting Department
Trish McAskill .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Craze .... key costumer (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Editorial Department
Simon Klaebe .... first assistant editor (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Location Management
Phillip Roope .... location manager (2 episodes, 1995)
Series Music Department
Hans Engstrom .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 1995-2005)
Series Other crew
Royce Dunn .... continuity (2 episodes, 1995)
John Haas .... police advisor (2 episodes, 1995)
Susanne Pearce .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1995)

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198 min
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The broadcast of this film in New South Wales was delayed for six years due to Neddy Smith's appeal against his life sentence.See more »
[first lines]
Arthur "Neddy" Smith:Something's up mate.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Indeed it was, 3 August 2001
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

Members of the New South Wales Police Force, now called the Police Service, are the spiritual descendants of that raffish group of officers and men called 'The Rum Corps' who once took over the fledgling colony of New South Wales and expelled the Governor, the unhappy William Bligh. They were not called to account for that action and have been getting away with it ever since, even on occasion with murder. This 3 hour film traces the rise and decline of two policeman, one honest and the other a fine inheritor of the old traditions, and the careers of some of the criminals they were supposed to be catching. Made 5 years ago, its showing in NSW was held up until July 2001 because of outstanding charges against some of the principals, even though all the events depicted took place at least 10 years before the film was made.

It is an exciting story and I found it enthralling, despite knowing its broad outline. The core of it is the evolving relationship between gung-ho armed hold-up squad detective, Roger Rogerson, and the criminal he 'manages,' Arthur 'Neddy' Smith. Early on, Rogerson makes it clear that he is in charge and Neddy will do what he is told. As the story progresses, and Rogerson sinks deeper into the mire, Neddy becomes a partner, until the end they are co-conspirators in a number of evil deeds. Inevitably the 'management' of crime becomes criminal activity itself, and the bent copper turns out to be just as bad as the criminals he exploits.

Rogerson and the rest of the 'barbecue set' (his police cronies) were a bit unlucky that in the early 80s the NSW government by some oversight managed to appoint an honest police commissioner, John Avery, who, despite being a bit of a boy scout, made some inroads into entrenched corruption in the Force. Rogerson was also unlucky that the federal crime authorities, eager to prove their worth, spotted him as a target. Yet, despite being shown in the film as responsible for several killings, Rogerson's only convictions are for operating a bank account under a false name (which contained the proceeds of a Bentley he had sold) and then lying about it on oath.

This is a particularly well-made film, with a grainy realism appropriate to the subject matter, good locations (the real places, mostly) and good lighting, cinematography and editing. Some of the acting is also first-rate. Richard Roxburgh is quite uncanny - he IS Roger Rogerson, and Tony Martin gives us an interesting well-rounded Neddy, a character it would be easy to portray as a monster. Bill Hunter as always steals his few scenes as Black Angus McDonald, the (now dead) corrupt senior policeman who protects Rogerson, and Steve Bastoni is quietly effective as the hesitant but honest and rather brave policeman Michael Drury.

I also enjoyed John Hargreaves, all good-humoured guile, as barrister Chester 'Funnel-Web' Porter. Chester, a legend of the Sydney Bar, represented Rogerson on a criminal charge – trying to bribe Drury into giving false evidence. After getting a celebrity acquitted in difficult circumstances previously, Chester had been presented by some of his fellow barristers with a T-shirt bearing the legend 'Chester Porter walks on water'. In the end, however, even Chester cannot save Rogerson, the most highly decorated policeman in the state, from public disgrace.

Roger the Dodger is still around, in fact he was reported recently as admiring Richard Roxburgh's performance (as well he might). As for the rest though, 'it's all bullshit mate.'

Postscript 2006: "The Dodger" by former policeman Duncan Macnab chronicles Roger's rise and fall.

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