Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in order to possess their voices. Despite the defense lawyer's concerns that the killer is not fit to stand trial, the US military presses forward with the case and its desire to have the killer executed in order to strengthen the shaky alliance. Written by
The obscenity of war. The brutality of murder. The travesty of justice.
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The movie was controversial on three fronts during production. First, the casting of American actors in lead roles upset proponents of Actor's Equity. Second, there was an industrial relations dispute between the production and ATAEA, the Australian Theatrical & Amusement Employees Association. Third, the handling of the historically sensitive Second World War relationship between the USA and Australia on the latter's home front. See more