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The Custodian (1993)

A police detective decides to expose the pervasive corruption that permeates his department.

Director:

John Dingwall

Writer:

John Dingwall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Det. Sgt. James Quinlan
Hugo Weaving ... Det. Church
Barry Otto ... Ferguson
Kelly Dingwall Kelly Dingwall ... Reynolds
Bill Hunter ... Managing director
Gosia Dobrowolska ... Josie
Essie Davis ... Jilly
Skye Wansey ... Claire Ferguson
Khristina Totos Khristina Totos ... Pixie Church (as Christina Totos)
Naomi Watts ... Louise
Joy Smithers Joy Smithers ... Helen Quinlan
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Beetson
Norman Kaye ... Judge
Steven Grives ... Brennan
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ... Psychologist
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Storyline

Det. Quinlan has left his alcoholic wife, sprouting a bloom of insecurity, anger and self-motivation within him to expose the corrupt police force that surrounds him. He abandons his 'straight' life to partner in crime with his co-worker, Det. Church, in order to get on the inside of the circle of double-agents. He sides privately with a reporter, Reynolds, and an Internal Affairs lawyer, Ferguson, to expose them to the press. Once they have gathered enough information, all the corrupt police, including the newly recruited Quinlan are arrested. Ferguson then works to get Quinlan a reduced sentence for helping them. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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In a corrupt police force, the one bad apple is an honest cop.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doppeltes Spiel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

JD Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Det. Sgt. James Quinlan: And had you known the quote, you'd have said to him, as Burke said when questioned on the French Revolution in 1790, "Patience will achieve more than force."
Reynolds: Who the fuck are you?
Det. Sgt. James Quinlan: I'm a two-bit philosopher. That's who I am.
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Sail Into the Moonlight
Written by Colin Timms & Lu Malm
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The Custodian
8 August 2005 | by janet-55See all my reviews

If you are a die-hard Anthony LaPaglia fan then you'll love all the moody shots of him. However as a film poor old Anthony and Hugo Weaving struggle manfully with bad script, bad directing and appalling editing. The whole plot clunks along. It's a pity as Weaving and Lapaglia are great actors. I would like to say I enjoyed this movie but I'm afraid I didn't. The introduction of love interest into Quinlan's life was particularly ill-conceived as it had precisely nothing to do with furthering the story. If you have seen Lantana then this will be a bit of a disappointment. My advice is forget this, watch one of LaPaglia's other good films instead. There are enough to choose from!!


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