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Winners & Losers: A Lawful Excuse

Television (Full Length) – 1976

This episode of anthology series Winners & Losers takes a fresh angle on going straight. Smooth-talking criminal Mick (Ian Mune) dreams of starting over, by cultivating mushrooms with cellmate Charlie (Coronation Street's Ivan Beavis). Charlie claims to have committed a lawful murder, thanks to a technicality. In an inspired change to Barry Crump's original story, Mick commandeers a bus to finance the pair's plan. Crump praised the episode, but felt that Mick and Charlie treat their third cellmate unfairly. Director Roger Donaldson cameos in a red Swanndri during the bus scenes.

I've got a few ideas. I could always capitalise on me investment with the breweries — they're holding a lot of money of mine.
– Mick (Ian Mune) to Charlie (Ivan Beavis) on how the pair could fund their new business venture

Key Cast & Crew

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Ian Mune

As: Mick, Producer, Writer

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Ross Jolly


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Roger Donaldson

Director, Writer, Producer

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Bob Crockett

As: Prison guard

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Sheila Summers


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John Black

As: Johnny

See all 18 credits

Produced by

Aardvark-Mune Productions


Winners & Losers series produced in association with the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, Television One, the Department of Education and the National Film Unit

Restoration by Park Road Post Production made possible through funding from the NZ Lottery Grants Board and NZ On Air, with support from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Thank you to the filmmakers and the Ministry of Education for allowing NZ On Screen to reformat and reproduce this title on this website