Adam's Woman

Overview

Also known as Return of the Boomerang, Adam's Woman is set in the rough-and-tumble Australia of the 1840s. Beau Bridges plays Adam, convicted of a crime he didn't commit and shipped off to the penal colony "Down Under." Enduring brutal treatment, he escapes, only to be captured again. Thanks to the intervention of a reform-minded warden John Mills, Adam is offered a fresh start in life. An unexpectedly vicious climax finds Adam and his new wife Jane Merrow fending off a group of scurrilous ex-prisoners headed by ...
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Overview

Also known as Return of the Boomerang, Adam's Woman is set in the rough-and-tumble Australia of the 1840s. Beau Bridges plays Adam, convicted of a crime he didn't commit and shipped off to the penal colony "Down Under." Enduring brutal treatment, he escapes, only to be captured again. Thanks to the intervention of a reform-minded warden John Mills, Adam is offered a fresh start in life. An unexpectedly vicious climax finds Adam and his new wife Jane Merrow fending off a group of scurrilous ex-prisoners headed by Adam's onetime cellmate James Booth.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A little-seen movie that tends to make a big impression on viewers, Adam's Woman is worth searching out. True, fans of historical films may be a bit disappointed, as the liberal polices espoused by John Mills's character don't quite ring true for the period; but the actual details in the physical production, the authenticism of the basic situation and the imagining of Australia in its rough, criminal days more than makes up for the occasional lapses. More importantly, Adam has a dramatic truth to it, and Richard Fiedler's screenplay is expert at creating characters that totally engage the viewer and plot points that are inevitable without seeming predictable. Philip Leacock's direction could perhaps be slightly more individualistic, but it more than gets the job done and is quite effective at highlighting the narrative in a most efficient manner. And Adam boasts some powerhouse performance, mostly from actors "lower tier" actors (in terms of popularity, at least). Yes, Beau Bridges is well known, but only John Mills truly qualifies as a "star." Mills, of course, is grand, which is what one expects of him, so the surprise is Bridges and the lesser-known Jane Merrow and James Booth. Bridges is superb, giving arguably his best performance, and capturing plenty of nuances that others would have missed. Booth is a beautiful villain, an energizing presence that mesmerizes in several key scenes, and Merrow is a find as the "woman" of the title. Adam has a short lull or two, and the violence of the story may deter some, but overall it's a gem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • UPC: 883316278536
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,483

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Beau Bridges Adam
Jane Merrow Bess
John Mills Sir Phillip MacDonald
James Booth Dyson
Andrew Keir O'Shea
Tracy Reed Duchess
Peter O'Shaughnessy Barrett
John Warwick Croydon
Harry Lawrence Muir
Katy Wild Millie
Mark McManus Nobby
Harold Hopkins Cosh
Clarissa Kaye Matron
Peter Collingwood Chaplain
Cotton Warburton Fat Anne
Technical Credits
Philip Leacock Director
Arthur M. Broidy Associate Producer, Producer
Anthony Buckley Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Kit Denton Score Composer
Louis Edelman Producer
Richard Fielder Screenwriter
Dennis Gentle Art Director
Bob Young Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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