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An Officer and a Murderer (2012)

The riveting film is based on the true story of a powerful and respected military officer who committed numerous brutal crimes and was eventually brought down by a tenacious small town police detective.

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Colonel Russell Williams
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Detective Jennifer Dobson
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Detective Nick Gallagher
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Mary Elizabeth Harriman
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Captain Catherine Novak
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Beth Pelway (as Zoe De Grand'Maison)
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John Pelway
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Trudy Pelway
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Charlie Straw (as Dave Ferry)
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Jessica Lloyd
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Gwen Pelway
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Major Ken Lee
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Corporal Marie-France Comeau
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Robert Lloyd
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Minister Shaw
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Canadian RAF colonel Russell Williams's career reaches a pinnacle when he's appointed commander of his base shortly before a royal visit is announced. Yet he refuses to move into it, remaining in his quiet nearby home town. People rarely even close their doors there, even with the recent wave of intrusions, mostly to steal female underwear. As it escalates to violence and a kidnapping, Toronto sends crack detective Nick Gallagher, who teams up with the ambitious local case officer Jennifer Dobson. Although the base's cooperation proves crucial and several victims and witnesses are military, the colonel ultimately becomes the prime suspect, yet too well-respected to be formally charged without an elaborate ploy devised by Gallagher. Written by KGF Vissers

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Gary Cole plays Col. Russell Williams, a military man convicted of murder in 2010. Cole played Captain/Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald in the 1984 TV movie 'Fatal Vision' based on the book of the same name by Joe McGinniss. MacDonald was also a (former) military man convicted of murder. MacDonald killed his wife and two daughters in February of 1970. See more »

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At the police roadside checkpoint, you can clearly see when the cops are looking at the tires on Col. Williams' vehicle that he is driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The real Russell Williams drove a Nissan Pathfinder, and later in the movie (near the end of the interrogation), we hear the Jim Smyth character correctly reference the "Pathfinder tracks" in the field next to Jessica Lloyd's house. See more »

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Very well done - terrifying and realistic
2 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very well paced and realistically made Lifetime movie about the true story of Canadian Air Force colonel Russ Williams. His gradual escalation from underwear theft to home invasion and murder is carefully and realistically portrayed here. Gary Cole gives a balanced and believable performance as the main character. The straightforward telling without flashbacks is good and the tension and fear of the victims is quite terrifying.

The police investigation is fascinating with the various mistakes and eventual breakthrough.

Looks like there are some crazy serial pervert killers up North too.

Worth a watch.


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