Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun) (1990)

Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)





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In 1945, a tribunal was held to investigate atrocities committed by the Japanese upon Australian soldiers during World War II. At an internment camp, 1100 Australian soldiers were tortured and killed by the Japanese, with only 300 survivors. This horrible event was not known until a terrible discovery of decapitated corpses was made at a grisly site on Ambon Island in Indonesia after the war. Stephen Wallace directed this courtroom drama based on the incident and follows the intrepid … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Denis Whitburn, Brian A. Williams
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On DVD: Oct 5, 2004

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as Captain Cooper

as Vice Admiral Baron T...

as Sister Carol Littell

as Major Tom Beckett

as Maj. Frank Roberts

as Private Jimmy Fenton

as Sergeant Keenan

as Captain Wadami Ikeuc...

as Mr. Shinji Matsugae

as Lieutenant Colonel J...

as Lieutenant Noburo Ka...

as Private Talbot

as Flight Lieutenant Ed...

as Private Bill Mitchel...

as Flight Lieutenant Ro...

as Lt. Corbett

as Lieutenant Shimada

as Australian Soldier

as Cpl. Patterson

as Major Robert's Aide

as Flight Lieutenant O'...

as Flight Lieutenant Sm...

as Nurse Pearson

as Lieutenant Hideo Tan...

as Mike Sheedy
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Audience Reviews for Blood Oath (Prisoners of the Sun)


Decently told story. Some of the acting (Asian) I found a little less than great....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I like true-life war stories including this movie of a post-war trial in Australia of Japaneses accused of murdering 300 Australian servicement in Indonesia.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Prisoners of the Sun is worth seeing for really only one reason, to see Russell Crowe in his big screen debut. Having only appeared in a few tv series to this point in his career Crowe plays Lt. Corbett the "pencil sharpener" for Terry O'Quinn, the lawyer who is prosecuting the Japanese soldiers for war-crimes committed during WWII. Prisoners of the Sun is a rather dull movie that becomes only slightly interesting because of its historical importance. The ending is depressing and will leave you upset (although that may be the point the director was trying to make) at the injustice the upper ranking officials allow their subordinates to pay for their offenses. Crowe fans should enjoy it for his appearance but Prisoners of the Sun won't appeal to many others.

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