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An Officer and a Murderer (2012)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  21 July 2012 (USA)
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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
David Ferry ...
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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31 August 2013 | by (Prince George, BC) – See all my reviews

Gary Cole's understated portrayal of a psychopathic alter-ego taking control of the daily ego is relentless, disturbing, and masterful. This (along with the fact that it's based on actual events) makes this movie worth viewing. Cole does not go all dramatic and tear up the scenery. In fact his *persona* (his personality mask) remains the same throughout his changes -- meticulous, thorough, rigid, controlling, polite. It's his soul that darkens and falls into this demonic abyss. Cole somehow communicates this transformation and makes us believe him (to our horror).

It should be noted that the the police characters are all fictional, and they even seem fictional in the way they are portrayed. But for those of us who wondered how a "Base Commander" on a Canadian Armed Forces base could possible lead such a double life and be one person, Cole makes us see -- not comprehend but accept.


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