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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 ... 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 »

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Assassino Oficial See more »

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Solo Films See more »
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Color
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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 »

Goofs

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

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Drivel
10 August 2012 | by bganon-1See all my reviews

To be frank this movie doesn't really warrant a review so it will be a short one. The target audience for this 'straight to video' production is clearly not those that love quality movies, more likely bored stay at homes looking for some cheap thrills. The scenes involving the main actor and his victims are portrayed in a reveling manner, with the emphasis upon the suffering of the victim in the particular scene which invariably goes on too long. There is barely any character development to speak of. The relationships between characters are pretty much stereotypical - the loyal wife, the sad victim, the evil perpetrator, the honourable / incompetent policemen / women. In summary, avoid this film.


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