|Directed by||Philip Leacock|
|Produced by||Arthur M. Broidy
Louis F. Edelman
|Written by||Richard Fiedler|
|Story by||Lowell Barrington|
|Music by||Bob Young|
|Edited by||Anthony Buckley|
Warner Bros-Seven Arts
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|19 March 1970|
|Box office||$15,000 (Australia)|
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.
- Beau Bridges - Adam Beecher
- Jane Merrow - Bess
- John Mills - Sir Philip MacDonald
- James Booth - Dyson
- Andrew Keir - O'Shea
- Tracy Reed - Duchess
- Peter O'Shaughnessy - Barrett
- John Warwick Croyden
- Harry Lawrence - Muir
- Katy Wild - Millie
- Mark McManus - Nobby
- Harold Hopkins - Cosh
- Doreen Warburton - Anne
- Clarissa Kaye-Mason - Matron
- Peter Collingwood - Chaplain
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.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 249
- 'Australian Films At the Australian Box office' Film Victoria accessed 28 September 2012
- MOVIE CALL SHEET: Kennedy Joins 'Airport' Cast Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 07 Dec 1968: a8.
- "WORLD FILM PREMIERE A TWO-PAGE FEATURE Many original sites are used.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 9 March 1970. p. 10. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Good but not significant.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 21 March 1970. p. 16. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office.
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