In 1960 Germany, Army lawyer Major Steve Garrett is assigned to defend four American soldiers charged with raping 16 year-old Karin Steinhof. She was swimming in a nearby river when the four of them came across her and they were soon arrested thereafter. Maj. Garrett is anything but impressed with his clients but his job is to give them the best defense possible. He tries to obtain a plea bargain but Karin's father flatly refuses and the prosecutor, Colonel Jerome Pakenham, is seeking the death penalty. In order for the death penalty to be applied, the defense attorney must have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the victim under oath. He sympathizes with Karin and does his best to convince Karin father to keep her from testifying. When he refuses, Garrett is left will little choice but to attack her on the stand. Written by
The Story of What Four Men Did To a Girl... And What the Town Did To Them!
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Christine Kaufmann's American film debut. See more
The flag's canton has a field of five rows of ten stars, rather than the pattern designated by Executive Order on August 21, 1959, which would certainly have been used for a military trial. See more
Col. Jerome Pakenham
This is no cross-examination! It's a circus!
Referenced in Dogville
Town Without Pity
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Gene Pitney See more