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Absent Without Leave (1992)

In the early days of the war against Japan, Ed marries his pregnant girlfriend Daisy just before joining up with the New Zealand army. Unfortunately for the young couple, Daisy suffers a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Laing

Writers:

James Edwards (screenplay), Graeme Tetley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig McLachlan ... James Edwards
Katrina Hobbs Katrina Hobbs ... Daisy Edwards
Judie Douglass Judie Douglass ... Ella
Tony Barry ... Peter
Ken Blackburn Ken Blackburn ... C.O.
Tony Burton Tony Burton ... Constable
Francis Bell Francis Bell ... Paddy
Robyn Malcolm ... Betty
David Copeland David Copeland ... Claude
Desmond Kelly Desmond Kelly ... Daisy's Father
Tina Cleary Tina Cleary ... Daisy's Sister
Rebecca Hobbs ... Daisy's Sister
Joan Foster Joan Foster ... Daisy's Stepmother
Helen Moulder Helen Moulder ... Ed's Aunt
Stephen Lovatt ... Wedding Soldier
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In the early days of the war against Japan, Ed marries his pregnant girlfriend Daisy just before joining up with the New Zealand army. Unfortunately for the young couple, Daisy suffers a miscarriage soon afterward. Ed, fearing for his wife's health, decides he must take her back to her home, even though it means going off base without leave. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Jim Edwards absents himself from the army to be with his wife.
25 January 2007 | by siesta-3See all my reviews

James Edwards, play-write and star of this movie, died this week (January 2007). He was 89. Turns out he was only ever pleased that his story, however modest, was made into a movie (and that he sat in a full Cinema, albeit somewhat overwhelmed, to see it for himself). This story was faithfully true to real-life events despite the fact that it might have seemed sentimental. I'd recommend watching this movie. It reflects a moment in time in NZ when conscription separated families, as it does always. Jim's story is as relevant today as it was in NZ's war-time history. Craig McLaughlin's performance is faithful to the character he portrays. He is calm despite the frustrations of his predicament - I wonder if he knew of the genuine commitment Jim felt for Daisy despite their youth?


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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1992 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Awol See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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