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What begins as a familiar Australian complaint against the insensitivities of history (that Rodney Dangerfield of nations always seems to be getting the cinematic shaft from some great power or other: here it's the American occupying forces in World War II rather than the usual British) ultimately turns into a right-minded lecture on the proper uses of the insanity defense in military court proceedings (a disturbed American soldier has to stand trial for the rape-murder of three Australian women; everyone wants him hanged except one noble MP officer who insists the soldier's insane). It's not what you'd call a promising parlay of themes, and it isn't helped along any by director Philippe Mora's ham-fisted approach to the material. Mora (Howling II, The Beast Within) evidently thinks he's still directing werewolf movies: there are so many lycanthropic references in this film—the soldier's constant baying, his wolf-man self-identity (and the Tracy-Bergman Jekyll and Hyde is playing at a local Bijou)—it practically begs to be dispatched by a silver bullet. With James Coburn (in an ossified impersonation of Lorne Greene), Reb Brown, Bill Hunter, Maurie Fields, and Max Fairchild.

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