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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

R
108 min | Drama, War

The island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. Cooper is the chief prosecutor. In a mass grave, the ...See moreThe island of Ambon in Indonesia, 1945. During the War, the number of Australian POWs on the island had dropped from 1100 to less than 300 due to abuses by their Japanese captors. Capt. Cooper is the chief prosecutor. In a mass grave, the bodies of 300 executed servicemen have been unearthed. Cooper assumes that the massacre was ordered by Baron Takahashi, Japanese commander on Ambon. But the one potential witness has gone mad and is due to be shipped back to Australia. No captured airmen were found alive on the island at all, not even the four-man crew of a reconnaissance plane shot down late in the War. Takahashi is returned to the island in the custody of an American officer, Maj. Beckett. But there is little evidence with which to prosecute the Baron. Cooper thinks he could make a case for the missing airmen if only their bodies could be located. And why does Maj. Beckett appear interested in not seeing Takahashi convicted? Cooper gets a break when Lt. Tanaka, a communications officer and a Christian, surrenders himself... Written by David Stanko See less
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Denis Whitburn (screenplay) | Brian A. Williams (screenplay)
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$14,296
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$52,654
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$52,654
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Jul 26, 1990 (United States)

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Bryan Brown
Captain Cooper Captain Cooper   See fewer
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George Takei
Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi   See fewer
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Terry O'Quinn
Major Beckett Major Beckett   See fewer
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John Bach
Major Roberts Major Roberts   See fewer
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Toshi Shioya
Lt. Tanaka Lt. Tanaka   See fewer
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John Clarke
Sheedy Sheedy   See fewer
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Deborah Kara Unger
Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger) Sister Littell (as Deborah Unger)   See fewer
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John Polson
Private Jimmy Fenton Private Jimmy Fenton   See fewer
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Russell Crowe
Lt. Corbett Lt. Corbett   See fewer
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Nicholas Eadie
Sgt. Keenan Sgt. Keenan   See fewer
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Jason Donovan
Private Talbot Private Talbot   See fewer
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Tetsu Watanabe
Captain Ikeuchi Captain Ikeuchi   See fewer
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Sôkyû Fujita
Mr. Matsugae Mr. Matsugae   See fewer
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Ray Barrett
President of the Bench President of the Bench   See fewer
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Kazuhiro Muroyama
Lt. Noburo Kamura Lt. Noburo Kamura   See fewer
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David Argue
Flight Lt. Eddy Fenton Flight Lt. Eddy Fenton   See fewer
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Yuichiro Senga
Lt. Shimada Lt. Shimada   See fewer
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Andrew Booth
Pvt. Mitchell Pvt. Mitchell   See fewer
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Malcolm Cork
Australian Soldier Australian Soldier   See fewer
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Donal Gibson
Corporal Patterson Corporal Patterson   See fewer
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Shane McNamara
Major Roberts' Aide Major Roberts' Aide   See fewer
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Peter Waterstreet
Flight Sgt. O'Donnell Flight Sgt. O'Donnell   See fewer
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Tim Reuther
Flight Lt. Smith Flight Lt. Smith   See fewer
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Matthew Keyes
Corporal Rogers Corporal Rogers   See fewer
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Nurse Pearson Nurse Pearson   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 749 votes