The Battlers (1968)

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.

Director:

Jacques De Vigne
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Tolly McCall
Carmen Duncan
Vincent Gil ... Wayne Small
Jannice Dinnen Jannice Dinnen ... (as Janice Dinnen)
Gordon Glenwright Gordon Glenwright
John Armstrong John Armstrong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft
Lucky Grills Lucky Grills
David Hannay David Hannay ... Television reporter
Alexandra Hines Alexandra Hines
William Hodge William Hodge
Frances Howard Frances Howard
Bill Hunter
Ellison Jones Ellison Jones
Kevin Leslie 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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1968 (Australia) See more »

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(pilot episode)
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Drama, soap opera
11 February 2005 | by shanausSee 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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