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This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from Australia. He becomes infatuated with a local singer, Kathy and pursues her. Kathy is married and initially is not interested in him, but later begins to love Rebel. Kathy receives a letter advising her that her husband was killed in battle. The local police and the U.S. Military are searching for Rebel as an AWOL soldier. Rebel arranges to escape Austalia by a cargo ship, but eventually allows himself to be arrested in order to keep the local police from arresting Kathy for harboring him. Written by Steve Jordan <jordan@warwick.net>

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The war made him a man. Her love made him a hero. [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Rebel and the Loner  »

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This movie was made with the United States as an intended box-office market. Changes were made to the original play to make it more commercial, mainly turning into a musical with a commercial soundtrack. The movie also features a rising American star of the time, Matt Dillon who had recently appeared as a rebel in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish (1983). See more »

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Not so bad, not so good.
5 February 2009 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

Before the films from down under became such a delicacy (Strictly Balroom etc) this movie tries its best and, even though it doesn't accomplish much, still makes an impression that separates it from many other similar with it.

A very very young Matt Dillon and then Pop diva make a bit awkward couple, but Debra Byrnes manages to earn some sympathy from the audience (and an AFI nomination for Best Actress). The story is a bit too much melodramatized and the last scene is a bit too extravagant, given the fact it takes place in a club and not an opera house.

However, the song that Byrnes performs ("Heroes") made quite an impression to me and I still remember its lyrics even after 20 years or so that I have seen it.


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