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The Battlers (1968)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  26 June 1968 (Australia)
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Set in the inner-city, working class suburbs of Sydney, this drama focuses on a promising Lionel Rose-type Aboriginal boxer and his manager, a former light-weight champion.

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Mark McManus ...
Tolly McCall
Carmen Duncan
Vincent Gil ...
Wayne Small
Jannice Dinnen ...
(as Janice Dinnen)
Gordon Glenwright
John Armstrong
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Les Foxcroft
Lucky Grills
David Hannay ...
Television reporter
Alexandra Hines
William Hodge
Frances Howard
Ellison Jones
Kevin Leslie
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Set in the inner-city, working class suburbs of Sydney, this drama focuses on a promising Lionel Rose-type Aboriginal boxer and his manager, a former light-weight champion.

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Drama, soap opera
11 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The "Battlers" was essentially a prime time soapie. The show was hastily put together to cash in on Australia's sudden love affair with boxing. A sport that Australians had not done really all that well in internationally, suddenly found it had a popular aboriginal world champion, Lionel Rose. Briefly, the show was about an ex world champion, "Tolly McCall " who was training a young aboriginal fighter and grooming him for fame. It concentrated heavily on his marital problems, his wife being played by Carmen Duncan , Australia's first television sex symbol. The fight scenes were lousy and the sets cheap, but the acting was good. When the real world champ Lionel Rose lost his world title, interest in boxing declined and so did interest in this show. It disappeared quickly from the screen with little fanfare.


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