Squizzy Taylor (film)

Squizzy Taylor is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the life of Melbourne gangster, Squizzy Taylor, directed by Kevin James Dobson and starring David Atkins, Jackie Weaver and Alan Cassell.

Squizzy Taylor
Directed byKevin James Dobson
Produced byRoger le Mesurier
Written byRoger Simpson
StarringDavid Atkins
Jackie Weaver
Alan Cassell
Michael Long
Steve Bisley
Cul Cullen
Music byBruce Smeaton
Distributed byFilmways
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
Running time
97 minutes
BudgetA$1.7 million[1]


  • Alan Cassell as Det. Brophy
  • David Atkins as Squizzy Taylor
  • Jackie Weaver as Dolly
  • Robert Hughes as Reg Harvey
  • Steve Bisley as 'Snowy' Cutmore
  • Michael Long as Det. Piggott
  • Kim Lewis as Ida Pender
  • Cul Cullen as Henry Stokes
  • Peter Hosking as Angus Murray
  • Tony Rickards as Dutch
  • Simon Thorpe as Paddy
  • Paul Trahair as Young Detective
  • Peter Paulson as 'Long' Harry Slater
  • David Scott as 'Bunny' Whiting
  • Jenni Caffin as Tart with Squizzy


Writer Roger Simpson had been researching the period since he helped adapt Power Without Glory (1976.) The filmmakers also used research done by Nigel Buesst for his film on Squizzy Taylor.[2]

The film was shot on location in Melbourne. Its critical and commercial response was limited.[3]

Home media

Squizzy Taylor was released on DVD with a new transfer by Umbrella Entertainment in July 2007. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer and a featurette titled The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor.[4]

On November 11, 2012 the film was made available on Umbrella Entertainment Streaming Services.


Title Format Ep # Discs Release Date Special Features Distributors
Squizzy Taylor DVD Film 01 July 2007 Theatrical Trailer

The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor

Umbrella Entertainment
Squizzy Taylor Umbrella Streaming Film - 11 November 2012 Theatrical Trailer

The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor

Umbrella Entertainment

See also


  1. Rolando Caputo, "Squizzy Taylor", Australian Film 1978-1992, Oxford Uni Press, 1993 p111
  2. Scott Murray, "Kevin Dobson," Cinema Papers, Jan-Feb 1982 p11-13
  3. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p37
  4. ."Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 4 May 2013.

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