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Absent Without Leave (1992)

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In the early days of the war against Japan, Ed marries his pregnant girlfriend Daisy just before joining up with the New Zealand army. Unfortunately for the young couple, Daisy suffers a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig McLachlan ...
James Edwards
Katrina Hobbs ...
Daisy Edwards
Judie Douglass ...
Tony Barry ...
Ken Blackburn ...
Francis Bell ...
David Copeland ...
Desmond Kelly ...
Daisy's Father
Rebecca Hobbs ...
Daisy's Sister
Joan Foster ...
Daisy's Stepmother
Helen Moulder ...
Ed's Aunt
Wedding Soldier
Margaret Blay ...
Mrs. Edwards


In the early days of the war against Japan, Ed marries his pregnant girlfriend Daisy just before joining up with the New Zealand army. Unfortunately for the young couple, Daisy suffers a miscarriage soon afterward. Ed, fearing for his wife's health, decides he must take her back to her home, even though it means going off base without leave. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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The title says it all
24 October 2002 | by (Palmerston North, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The total lack of originality in the title was an omen of what the film was like. The movie was uninspired, unoriginal and full of every World War II cliche. My thoughts as I watched the film was that this looked like a made-for-TV historical drama, but maybe I am being unfair on TV movies.

The story was set in NZ in 1942 and was effective in its portrayal of Kiwis and NZ society at that time. But it was the cliches that was too much for me. I will give just two examples of this.

The soldier goes absent without leave so that he could escort his wife from Wellington to Auckland. Why she couldn't get on a train and go on her own was unclear. At the train station he drops his suitcase and it bursts open, revealing his military uniform. This of course happens all the time, you are always seeing people in train stations and airports all over the world dropping their suitcases and having them burst open. After the soldier gathers everything together, a voice calls out 'Hey you, stop' and somehow I just knew that the soldier had dropped something and it was being returned, which was the case.

Later the couple were working on a farm, helping with the harvest. As one does when one is urgently trying to get to Auckland so that the soldier can return to the army. Then a warplane flew overhead. There appears to be a law of nature that when a warplane is flying over friendly territory and there is a camera below, the engine will fail and the plane will crash. And of course that is what happened here.

The film truly was 'absent without leave', but what was absent was an originality.

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