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The Custodian [DVD]


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  • Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Hugo Weaving, Barry Otto, Kelly Dingwall, Bill Hunter
  • Directors: John Dingwall
  • Writers: John Dingwall
  • Producers: Adrienne Read, Dimitra Meleti, Gary Hamilton, Mikael Borglund
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hollywood
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066CVH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Quinlan is a cop on the verge of a nervous breakdown, separating from his wife who hates the fact that he is honest but poor - and suspicious of his partner Church, who is dishonest but rich. After a bout on the bottle, which gets him passed over for promotion and suspended from duty, the tension mounts as he and his partner come under the scrutiny of internal affairs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Critic Ali Insane on 24 May 2009
Format: DVD
This is one film that never ceases to amaze me, in the fact that it went largely unrecognised. Featuring some of Australia's finest actors who weren't so established when this film was released. Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) puts in a powerful performance as the unwitting hero on the verge of a nervous breakdown, James Quinlan, who is hell bent on destruction following the breakdown of his marriage to an annoying and humiliating alcoholic.

Hugo Weaving (Matrix - Agent Smith) is cast as his unscrupulous partner for the local constabulary and apparent friend, Frank Church, but his luxurious life style, along with some of his colleagues, leads to an investigation into police corruption instigated by Quilan. LaPaglia's wounded character is now determined on not being recognised as the fool and fully focused on bringing them all down; even if it means losing his only friendship and what little else he has remaining in his life in the process.

Barry Otto is superbly cast as internal affairs agent Ferguson, who's about the only other straight cop on the force, and his venomous performance full of righteous justice compliments LaPaglia's rage of hellfire when a twist of cruel fate pushes the two pillars of integrity together; but, each of them must fight in their own way to bring a new order to the upper echelons of the local law enforcement.

The dialogue in this flick is gripping and executed superbly from all the cast and is helped along the way by an understated and timeless score. Also, look out for a very young Naomi Watts who appears in a couple of scenes - don't blink you might miss her. If you like finding under-appreciated gems or you've grown a little jaded with the same old hollywood blockbusters being churned out time and again then give this relatively unknown Australian adventure drenched in film noir a viewing: you wont be disappointed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2005
Format: DVD
Anyone who has seen Anthony La Paglia in "Without a Trace" will know what an engaging actor he is.
In "The Custodian", obviously made before he became big in the US, he is determined to expose corruption in the Australian police force - and is willing to sacrifice himself in the process.
It is rather film-noir in style: definitely worth a look.
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The Custodian is an Australian thriller from 1993, before its two leads became more famous. It's perhaps unfairly overlooked today as a few years ago it was a regular 'freebie' in the newspapers or available for a few pennies being on the 'hollywood dvd' label sold in supermarkets. Rather than being just a formulaic cop movie the premise is more interesting. LaPaglia is a cop who smells corruption within the force (he's also pretty depressed) and eventually finds out he's right. He joins up with his best friend, who is part of the corrupt force as well (Hugo Weaving) and works on their level, shipping drugs, taking bribes, etc. At the same time he's giving this information to a newspaper reporter, indicting himself as well as his associates, as he sees this as the only way he can clean up the force, by working on the inside.

The performances are pretty good from the leads, though early in the film it seems the director is aiming to be 'arty' as there are endless shots of the actors staring at each other or into space with no dialogue - thankfully the whold film isn't like that. There's very little music which makes the film feel quite different to the noise we expect in todays movies. The whole thing certainly feels very much like an early 90s film.

Because you'll know the 'twists' in the film the next time round a second viewing may not be as succesful, but I certainly enjoyed it, it's worth a watch, and you may find, if you look through your pile of unwatched newspaper freebie dvds, its been sat there waiting for you all this time!
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By &&&&&&&&& on 22 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie very much. The acting is very good and is a movie you will watch again and again.
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By Sharyn on 2 Oct 2014
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Great film
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