Rose Against the Odds

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Rose Against the Odds
Written byJohn Dixon
Directed by John Dixon
StarringPaul Williams
Telly Savalas
Kris McQuade
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRoss Close
Russell Kennedy
Cinematography David Connell
Running time182 minutes
Production companyOnset Productions
Distributor Seven Network
BudgetA$5.25 million [1]
Original releaseSeptember 1991

Rose Against the Odds is a 1991 Australian mini series about the life of Lionel Rose. [2]



The series was conceived in 1983 and financed by the Seven Network, Film Victoria and Australian Film Finance Corporation. It was filmed in Melbourne, Los Angeles and Japan. [1]


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  1. 1 2 Malcolm Brown, "BLACK AND BLUE", Sydney Morning Herald 23 Sept 1991 p 1
  2. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p228-229
  3. ""Rose Against the Odds (1991)"". IMDb . Retrieved 31 December 2014.