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.
Did You Know?
Controversy in the Australian Actors Equity circles arose over the proposed casting of three American actors for the three major American roles in this movie. The result of discussions between Actors' Equity and the production apparently allegedly reduced the number of these roles from three to two: James Coburn
and Reb Brown
were cast as Maj. Dannenberg and Pvt. Edward Leonski, respectively, but the other part of Pvt. Anthony Gallo, originally intended to be cast with an American actor, was cast with an American actor anyway. Australian actor Michael Pate
plays American Maj. Gen. Sutherland, while other minor American roles were played by Australians. Interestingly, it was apparently once considered that some Australian actors would be sent to the US for six weeks to learn how to "act American". See more