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Ian David (written by)
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Release Date:
14 September 1995 (Australia) See more »
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One of the most shocking chapters in the history of Australian Law Enforcement! See more »
Plot:
Detective Sergeant Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson got fame because he knew how to take care of most dangerous and violent criminals... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Richard Roxburgh ... Roger Rogerson

Tony Martin ... Arthur "Neddy" Smith

Steve Bastoni ... Michael Drury
Gary Day ... Bill Crofton

Steve Jacobs ... Mal Rivers
Peter Phelps ... Abo Henry

Marcus Graham ... Alan Williams

Alex Dimitriades ... Warren Lanfranchi

Bill Hunter ... Angus McDonald

Gary Sweet ... Christopher Dale Flannery
John Hargreaves ... Chester Porter QC

Ian Bliss ... Bobby Chapman
Stephen Eley ... Duty Sergeant

Richard Carter ... Lyail Chandler
Joy Smithers ... Debra Smith
Eleni Batley ... Jaime Smith
Dion Mihajlovsky ... Darrin Smith
Bruce Barry ... Commissioner Abbott
Bogdan Koca ... Lewis Roussos

Loene Carmen ... Sallie-Anne Huckstepp
Ray Martin ... Himself
Anthony Cogin ... Steve Paully
Phillip Hinton ... Ian Barker QC
Nicole Pottinger ... Melinda Rogerson
Brigitte Lawson ... Gillian Rogerson
Kris Bidenko ... Joy Rogerson (as Kristina Bidenko)
Jim Holt ... Brian Alexander
Jeffrey Rhoe ... Detective on boat 1
Jack Mayers ... Detective on boat 2

John Jarratt ... Jack Richardson
Graham Rouse ... Frank Avery
Laurie Foell ... Pam Drury (as Laurie Foel)

Robert Morgan ... Brian Hansen

Frank Violi ... David Mennie
Peter Sommerfeld ... Assistant Commissioner
Brendan Higgins ... John Weel
Tom Appleton ... Victorian Patrolman
David Baldwin ... Phil Dunn
Warwick Moss ... Jim Brazel
Paul Sonkkila ... Noel Morey
Terrie Bowie ... Stripper
Skye Wansey ... Kath Flannery

Aaron Jeffery ... Bobby Williams

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

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

David Franklin ... Glen Flack
Ken Radley ... Doug Kelly
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Directed by
Michael Jenkins 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian David  written by

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

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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 »
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[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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