Boston International Film Festival
                               Session 4
Thursday June 7, 2007    6:30PM TO 9:00PM
AMC/LOEWS Boston Common: 175 Tremont St. Boston

A.W.O.L    (22min)

Vietnam. 1972. US Army Special Forces Major Cliff Marquette (David
Morse) leads a squad to investigate unusual reports and secure a
remote jungle temple locals believe has mystical powers. Marines
guarding the temple have withheld provisions for days from a Viet
Cong prisoner, who shows no signs of suffering. In fact he lies bound
to a stone slab in the temple with an inexplicable smile on his face.
Marquette confronts the Marine in-charge, Garris (John C. McGinley),
and threatens to charge him with torturing a prisoner of war. Their
argument is interrupted when mortar shells rock the temple and blasts
of gunfire erupt outside. An exceptionally heroic, but ultimately losing
battle lands Marquette in the hands of a merciless Viet Cong torturer.
Marquette gains consciousness bound to the very temple slab the
smiling prisoner escaped. At the height of agony, Marquette’s world is
suddenly turned upside down. In the blink of an eye, he's home, living
an idyllic life, with a loving wife and children he’s never seen before.
As Marquette struggles to take in what-- and how-- this is happening
to him, he discovers the cruel pain of war isn't over after all. As the
clock strikes midnight every night, Marquette is back in Vietnam, and
his torture resumes a few minutes each time. Trapped in unending
cycle of pain, he must find a way to endure…unless, with the clock
counting down, Marquette can cheat fate. Escaping will take his wits.
And it will require a gun.


Writer & Ex Prod:  Shane Black (as Holly Martins)
Director & Executive Producer:  Jack Swanstrom
Producer: Jessica Wethington
Executive Producer:  Sukee Chew
35mm
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