TV Show Reviews
"An Officer and a Murderer"
review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday July 21 on Lifetime
This is an entertaining but very creepy movie. I love
Gary Cole, and he does a wonderful job starring in it as
Colonel Russell Williams. Williams was an army colonel in
Canada who started out as a peeping tom and then escalated
to murder, eventually. The movie is more or less true.
You can look it up on Wikipedia or other places. Most
of the movie takes place in the small town of Tweed (what a
Cole is great as the colonel that everyone loves and
respects. He gets promoted to be in charge of the army base,
and he is one of Canada's most high-ranking officers. His
wife is pretty and they seem to have a pretty good marriage.
However, he starts creeping around women's houses, stealing
their underwear. Eventually he starts grabbing them and
tying them up, then he takes photos and films of them. He
keeps their underwear as trophies and even wears them, and
takes films of himself wearing them. Later, he murders two
female officers that he works with.
The only flaw in the movie is that they never really make
it clear as to how he got started doing this or why.
Otherwise, though, it's very entertaining. Besides Cole, the
movie stars Laura Harris as the local police detective that
wants to catch him. She is joined by Rossif Sutherland (a
real cutie!), a visiting detective from the big city of
Toronto. They work hard to catch the bad guy, and they
do give us a few theories about his behavior, but it's not
really enough to explain why, which would make it a better
What makes this movie most bizarre is how organized
Williams is. He doesn't just keep a box of trophies. He
enters each underwear into Excel with the name and address
of the owner. He takes many pictures and videos. All of the
evidence is right there on his computer, aside from the
boxes and boxes of neatly-folded underwear. Of course
he gets caught! To me, that part is just hilarious. Of
course, the violation of these women, and their murders, are
not funny, but the rest of it is just so silly that I had to
laugh. Still, it's a very good movie in most ways.
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 20, 2012) – Lifetime will premiere
the Original Movie An Officer and a Murderer, starring Gary
Cole (The Good Wife, Office Space), Laura Harris (Defying
Gravity, A Borrowed Life, 24) and Rossif Sutherland (King,
The Con Artist, High Life), on Saturday, July 21, at 8:00pm
ET/PT. The riveting film is based on the true story of a
powerful and respected military officer who committed
numerous brutal crimes and was eventually brought down by a
tenacious small town police detective.
Based on the true story of one of Canada’s highest ranking
Air Force Officers, Colonel Russell Williams (Cole), An
Officer and a Murderer follows the downward spiral of this
public figure and the determined police work that brought
him in. Colonel Williams and his high-society wife (Nahanni
Johnstone, The Kennedys) were considered one of Canada’s
most respected “power couples,” with two beautiful homes and
high-profile careers. But on February 7, 2010, the entire
nation watched in disbelief as he was arrested and
eventually convicted of his crimes. Starting with a string
of home invasions, Colonel Williams would take women’s
lingerie and photos, later carefully categorizing and
labeling them for his home collection. As he rose up in the
ranks of the military, his lust and power grew and he
eventually put aside all barriers to his deviant impulses,
becoming more and more violent. Ultimately, he received two
life sentences for first-degree murder, as well as
concurrent sentences for sexual assault, forcible
confinement and 82 counts of burglary. Brilliant at being
stealth and obsessive in covering all traces, Colonel
Williams was able to deceive his wife, friends, neighbors
and even his military comrades until he was finally
outwitted by a small town police detective (Harris), along
with an FBI trained interrogation specialist (Sutherland),
who together worked on the investigation that put an end to
Colonel Williams’ string of disturbing crimes.
An Officer and a Murderer is produced by Solo Productions.
Mary Young Leckie (LMN’s Committed, Shades of Black) and Tom
Patricia (Lifetime’s Homeless to Harvard, LMN’s The Devil's
Teardrop) serve as executive producers and Norma Bailey
(Lifetime’s The Pastor’s Wife) directs from a script written
by Keith Ross Leckie (LMN’s Committed, Everest).
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advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their
families. The network posted major growth in viewership
among the key demographics in First Quarter 2012 versus
First Quarter 2011, including a 9% jump in Adults 25-54,
+12% with Women 25-54, +14% with Adults 18-49 and +18% with
Women 18-49. In addition, the quarter marks the first time
Lifetime has posted First Quarter year-on-year growth for
Adults 25-54, Women 25-54 and Women 18-49 in seven years.
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