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An Officer and a Murderer (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 21 July 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Colonel Russell Williams
Laura Harris ... Detective Jennifer Dobson
Rossif Sutherland ... Detective Nick Gallagher
Nahanni Johnstone ... Mary Elizabeth Harriman
Catherine Disher ... Captain Catherine Novak
Zoé De Grand Maison ... Beth Pelway (as Zoe De Grand'Maison)
Tom Barnett ... John Pelway
Shannon Doyle Shannon Doyle ... Trudy Pelway
David Ferry ... Charlie Straw (as Dave Ferry)
Lisa Ciara ... Jessica Lloyd
Peyton Kennedy ... Gwen Pelway
Thomas Mitchell ... Major Ken Lee
Micheline Marchildon ... Corporal Marie-France Comeau
Tim Beresford Tim Beresford ... Robert Lloyd
Ted Atherton ... Minister Shaw
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassino Oficial See more »

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Solo Films See more »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

34 minutes in the officer cuts the front of the victims dress revealing polka dot panties, in the next two to three minutes the panties change color several times as well as her bra at the 36 minute mark. See more »

Connections

Remade as Fatum: Room 216 (2017) See more »

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Bland and Boring
19 September 2015 | by ninascott-37019See all my reviews

As a true crime aficionado (or is it afficionada?), I watched the true story and capture of Colonel Williams play out on one of the States' true crime networks. I was thrilled to find out that Lifetime had recreated the story, but I was very disappointed. Except for Gary Cole's performance, I found every other actor in this movie lacking any real depth. The performances by the leads- Laura Harris, Rossif Sutherland and the actress who portrayed Captain Novak-were so lackluster that I really didn't believe any of them could crack a case of this magnitude.

Gary Cole saves this movie from being completely horrible.


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