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Squizzy Taylor

1h 37m Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Australia, Australian 1982

Squizzy Taylor, the pint-sized Melbourne gangster, uses his wits and the media to rise in 1920's Australia.

The remarkable story of Australia’s first true gangster, Squizzy Taylor, the diminutive small-time pimp, thief and gambler who rocked the underworld with his legendary exploits.

Melbourne, 1919, a turf war erupts between rival Fitzroy and Richmond gangs painting the cobbled bluestones red with violence. Dapper and debonair, Squizzy Taylor (David Atkins), cunningly orchestrates the battle and steps into the breach to keep an eagle eye on his interests. A master of manipulation and the media, Squizzy weaves a sticky web between self-glorifying interviews with newspaperman, Reg Harvey (Robert Hughes), and keeping in the pay of corrupt cop, Brophy (Alan Cassell). When Squizzy decides to throw over Dolly (Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom) in favour of the upper-class Ida, things finally become unhinged and it is only a matter of time before he faces his chief rival, Snowy Cutmore (Steve Bisley, The Big Steal).

Presented in a classy new transfer, retaining the original widescreen anamorphic frame, Squizzy Taylor remains a stylish and captivating entry into Australia’s early crime underbelly.


Alan Cassell (Det. Brophy) , David Atkins (Squizzy Taylor) , Jackie Weaver (Dolly) , Robert Hughes (Reg Harvey) , Steve Bisley ('Snowy' Cutmore)



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