Good Guys, Bad Guys
|Good Guys, Bad Guys|
|Written by||Jon Stephens|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Location(s)||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Beyond International|
|Original channel||Nine Network|
|Original release||30 March 1997 – 23 June 1998|
The program was written for, and starred, Marcus Graham (former star of soap opera E-Street) as Elvis Maginnis. A disgraced former cop, tainted by his criminal family and framed for corruption, Elvis owns "K for Kleen" drycleaning, managed by the eminently more sensible Stella Kinsella (Alison Whyte, of the ABC current affairs satire series Frontline) and sweetheart Reuben Zeus who has Tourette syndrome (Travis McMahon, most recently of Last Man Standing).
Elvis's attempts at a straight life are constantly compromised by the demands of his eccentric family, while Stella's attempts at making "K-for-Kleen" turn a profit are frustrated by Elvis's penchant for damsels in distress and a hard-luck story. He may not have a white stallion, but Elvis has a beautiful Charger.
The program was filmed in Melbourne, predominantly around the inner-city "bohemian" suburbs of St. Kilda, Fitzroy and Carlton. The film style incorporated local colour - Melbourne trams, landmarks like Smith Street's Cobra cane furniture shop, and the Builder's Arms Hotel as Elvis's local - and a soundtrack of the then-latest Australian music, matched to the action. The Good Guys, Bad Guys soundtrack CD features Regurgitator, The Fauves, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Whitlams, The Avalanches, Spiderbait, The Cruel Sea and The Mavis's among others.
Good Guys, Bad Guys guest starred many Australian actors, including Zoe Carides, Samuel Johnson, Belinda Giblin, Nadine Garner, Sophie Lee, Vince Colosimo, Annie Jones, Claudia Black, Red Symons, Magda Szubanski, Sonia Todd, Jane Hall, John Waters, Frankie J. Holden, Bruce Spence, John McTernan, Nicholas Bell, Ben Mendelsohn, Norman Hancock, Lisa Hensley and Petra Yared.
- Good Guys, Bad Guys at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Good Guys, Bad Guys at Australian Screen Online
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