Tim Burstall directs then-up-and-comers Mel Gibson and Sam Neill in this action-packed Cannes Film Festival selection about the grim realities of World War II, a gritty drama based on actual events. Sent to rescue survivors from the site of a plane crash in the South Pacific, Capt. P.G. Kelly (Gibson) and his elite squad of Australian commandos must keep tabs on a defecting Japanese official who could hold the secret to peace.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 33m

Budget -

Revenue $88,000.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 11, 1982
    NR, Theatrical



Cast 6

  1. John Phillip Law

    John Phillip Law
    Lieutenant Veitch

  2. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson
    Captain Kelly

  3. Sam Neill

    Sam Neill
    Sergeant Costello

  4. Chris Haywood

    Chris Haywood
    Able Seaman A.D. 'Sparrer' Bird

  5. Sylvia Chang

    Sylvia Chang
    Chien Hua

  6. JW

    John Waters
    Sub Lt. Ted 'Kingo' King

Crew 2


  1. TB

    Tim Burstall


  1. RM

    Roger Marshall

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