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Petersen (1974)

R | | Drama | November 1975 (USA)
A married electrician and former football star begins a degree in English at university, where he has an affair with his professor's wife.


Tim Burstall


David Williamson (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Tony Petersen
Jacki Weaver ... Susie Petersen
Wendy Hughes ... Dr. Patricia 'Trish' Kent
Arthur Dignam ... Prof. Charles Kent
Belinda Giblin Belinda Giblin ... Moira
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Father (as Charles Tingwell)
John Ewart ... Peter
David Phillips David Phillips ... Heinz
Sandra McGregor Sandra McGregor ... Marge (as Sandy McGregor)
Helen Morse ... Jane
John Orcsik ... Walter
Robert Hewett Robert Hewett ... 1st Bikie
Christine Amor Christine Amor ... Annie
Sandy Gore ... Suburban Housewife
George Mallaby George Mallaby ... Executive


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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To big bad "Jock" Petersen...love is just another four letter word! See more »




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Did You Know?


One of quite a number of Australian R-rated classified (18+ classification) films from Hexagon Productions made during the 1970s. See more »


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 »


Hotel Manager: You're making more noise than a Chinese brothel!
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Alternate Versions

UK versions were cut for an X certificate. See more »


Referenced in Duet for Four: David Williamson Interview (2008) See more »

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Good film of its day, but a bit muddled.
23 September 2001 | by wombat_1See all my reviews

I certainly support wholeheartedly the sentiments expressed in other comments. They almost "say it all". Only a few additional comments.

The film seems a little uncertain of itself. Is it a drama? A comedy? A statement of University life in the 70s? A vehicle for some soft-core porn? It certainly is all of those, but which is the foreground and which is the background?

The funniest part of this movie would have to be where Petersen, heavily disguised as who-only-knows, prepares to have sex in public on the grounds of Melbourne University. It's good to see that this part of the movie, at least, doesn't take itself seriously.

Overall, a very good view of some aspects of mid-70s life. Quite good acting by famous Australian actors/actresses, before they became really famous.

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Release Date:

November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jock Petersen See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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