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Rake (2012)

Richard Roxburgh , Matt Day , Peter Duncan , Rachel Ward  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Danielle Cormack, Caroline Brazier
  • Directors: Peter Duncan, Rachel Ward, Jeffrey Walker, Jessica Hobbs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007W144RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rake" on IMDb

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Award winning actor Richard Roxburgh (Sanctum, Moulin Rouge) stars as Cleaver Greene, a reckless, brilliant and self-destructive Australian criminal barrister who is hilarious to jurors and an outrage to judges.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Aussie Drama/Comedy June 26, 2012
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Cleaver Greene has issues. A lot of issues. And his issues get him into trouble. A lot of trouble.

Cleaver is a very smart and talented barrister who can take literally any case and run with it to grab a win regardless of how unusual his client or the circumstances of the case. The subject matter for his cases in this first season have ranged from a cannibal killer to a respectable doctor having been charged with bestiality. There are mobsters, prostitutes, teachers with questionable ethics, diplomats and politicians that add more color to this series than you could see in any art gallery!

Richard Roxburgh does a brilliant job bringing Cleaver Greene to life. The character is charming and entertaining. One minute, you truly sympathize with him and the next you can change your mind because it's blatantly clear the trouble he's in was of his own making. He has more than a small problem with gambling and drugs and often finds himself taking a good bashing from stand over man Col (Steve Le Marquand) and answering to Col's boss, Mick Corella (Richard Carter). Cleave manages to estrange himself from his long time best friend Barney "Barnyard" Meagher (Russell Dykstra) and his wife Scarlett (Danielle Cormack) after making a huge mistake with the latter. Cleaver is more than a little bit fond of Melissa "Missy" Partridge, a former prostitute. Cleave and his ex wife, Wendy (Caroline Brazier) have their hands full with their teenage son Finnegan "Fuzz" who is having an affair with one of his teachers. Sadly, the poor lad loses the love of his life when said teacher leaves him for a younger man!

The series was created by Richard Roxburgh, Peter Duncan and Charles Waterstreet. Andrew Knight, along with co-creator Peter Duncan serve as the writers for the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant October 5, 2012
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as this aussie series goes, it would be hard to imagine a better written, cast, or acted....not to mention extremely entertaining series. 'season 2' is currently airing on DirecTV on their audience channel. worth every penny. very witty, clever, and honesty prevails even for the very self aware screw up that Clever Greene is portrayed as. I dont want to give it away so and any more from me would be either just gushing or superfluous. worth every penny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest TV series ever! February 7, 2013
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'Rake' may be the funniest, smartest, best-written TV series I have ever watched. It's made in Australia, and this is the first place I've found a DVD of it that isn't in that dreadful PAL format. The rumor is that Hollywood will be making it's own version of 'Rake' soon. However, I'm sure that, like all US-remakes of foreign series and movies, it will be dumbed down to juvenile, slapstick tripe. So, how about converting the second season?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rake is the drug...and highly recommended! by bugsplat January 18, 2014
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This series is comedic drama, and when it is comedic, it's rolling on the floor funny. Paul Cleaver Greene, played by Richard Roxburgh, is a barrister in the Australian Bar, with a boatload of personal problems that makes his life a tragi-comic juggling act of multiple crises in his life. Greene has 2 ex-wives, one a barrister, the other a private practice psychologist, whose teenage son, fathered by Cleaver, is in high school, with exploding hormones, and a penchant for getting involved with older women. He has a secretary who embezzles from him, ongoing tax problems with the government, in love with a hooker, and owes bookies hundreds of thousands of dollars. This still doesn't cover all of his problems. At times he has a cocaine addiction, imbibes alcohol too much, and runs his mouth at the most inopportune moments. He's on a first name basis with his bookies muscle, who dispenses the occasional beating when Cleaver falls behind in his payments. This leads one to wonder how on earth did this guy get to be a barrister? But in the courtroom is where this guy shines. He is brilliant, though disheveled in dress, and appearance, and usually in need of a shave, he is the master of the cross examination. He's a defender of the accused lowlife's of society: drug dealers, murderers, thieves and anyone who has enough cash to pay his fees. After watching the first two seasons, I'm eagerly awaiting the release date of the third season. I've just heard that there's going to be an American spin-off the this series, which I don't see how it can even remotely compare to the Richard Roxburgh series. I might give it a try, but I expect to be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, sly Australian tale. April 27, 2013
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An Australian series rich in character and story. There is an honesty and earthiness to Rake that is characteristic of Australian productions. There is pathos and laugh out loud moments. I will watch this again and again. Not a classic, but warm, witty and always interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous Australian legal series December 10, 2013
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This was outrageous, funny. Mostly lighthearted but with serious overtones. The court cases were excellent. His private life a disaster if a little overplayed but a series worth the investment. I enjoyed it immensely but not everyone will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good series that ended with out follow up December 12, 2012
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This was an excellent short series, but I was disappointed that there wasn't more. it sort of left me hanging wondering where it would go next. It was funny and entertaining. The acting was brilliant and the plot offered enough suspense and surprises that it did not disappoint ! The only disappointment was that the series ended and never continued. I enjoyed it, would definitely purchase it again, and am hopefully that there will be follow up episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Your Time to see.
I was totally caught off guard by the quality of this show- had not even known of its existence prior to its Australian demise and American, short lived, reprise. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Paladin55
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Marveloous tales and great acting
Published 6 days ago by Paul H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bravura Richard Roxburgh.
Published 7 days ago by topacho
5.0 out of 5 stars rake he is.
rake is pure fun. delicious and the acting is great too.
Published 3 months ago by Regina Vitolo
5.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot!
So funny and raucous and titalating. Richard Roxburgh is a hoot and all the characters with him. Australian version is best--not so much censorship as US.
Published 3 months ago by A Reading Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxburgh the Great! The beginning of this first season is tv humor at...
It's been years since a tv show made me laugh as long and hard as the first few episodes of Rake did. Serious laughter! Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Funny Funny
Like all comic TV shows, this second season suffers a little from the writers being so
"cozy" with the hysteria of the first season. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hal
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! Couldn't Stop Watching
Although the characters and story lines are slightly different, both the American and the original Australian versions are a lot of fun to watch. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scoushe
5.0 out of 5 stars this from an American viewer.
Love everything about this show. Plot, acting, cinematography and overall reality of this production give me hope in television as a viable entertainment medium. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jeffrey larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bawdy fun
I bought this set because I learned that the America series was based on this original Australian series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Freeman
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Subtitles ???
I have Season One - I could not get subtitles.
Aug 28, 2013 by Fishylex |  See all 3 posts
Running time of "Rake"
Each episode is about 60 mins and there are 8 episodes presumably split across the 3 DVDs. I recorded them from TV, but the series is brilliant and I will eventually invest in the bluray DVD set. Can't wait for series 2 which airs in Oz in Sept 2012
Aug 18, 2012 by I Feel Possessed |  See all 5 posts
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