Adam's Woman

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Adam's Woman
Adam's Woman.jpg
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced byArthur M. Broidy
Louis F. Edelman
Written byRichard Fiedler
Story byLowell Barrington
StarringBeau Bridges
Jane Merrow
Music byBob Young
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byAnthony Buckley
SBP Films
Warner Bros-Seven Arts
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
19 March 1970
Running time
116 Minutes
Box office$15,000 (Australia)[2]

Adam's Woman is a 1970 Australian-American historical drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Beau Bridges, Jane Merrow and John Mills.[3]


In the 1840s, an American sailor ashore in Liverpool is wrongly convicted and sent to the penal colony in Sydney, Australia where he enters into a battle of wills with the Governor. The Governor offers him a pardon if he helps pioneer new land for the growing colony. He marries Irish woman Bess and they establish a farm despite the harassment of bushrangers.

Opponents of the governor persuade a visiting Crown commissioner, Lord Croydon, to revoke Adam's pardon. Adam tries to escape but is arrested. Bess pleads his case and Adam gets a full pardon.



The film was originally known as The Return of the Boomerang. Chips Rafferty was listed among the cast early on.[4]

The film was shot entirely in Australia with finance from Hollywood. The script, director, cinematographer and star were all imported. The film was shot in late 1968 and early 1969, on location near Nowra and in the studio of Ajax Films.[1][5]


The film had its world premiere in Canberra in March 1970.[6] Adam's Woman took $15,000 at the box office in Australia.[7] Overseas reaction was not strong.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 249
  2. ^ 'Australian Films At the Australian Box office' Film Victoria Archived 9 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 28 September 2012
  3. ^
  4. ^ Martin, Betty (7 Dec 1968). "MOVIE CALL SHEET: Kennedy Joins 'Airport' Cast". Los Angeles Times. p. a8.
  5. ^ "WORLD FILM PREMIERE A TWO-PAGE FEATURE Many original sites are used". The Canberra Times. 9 March 1970. p. 10. Retrieved 10 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Good but not significant". The Canberra Times. 21 March 1970. p. 16. Retrieved 10 December 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office.

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