Based on a play by Barry England, this has all the ingredients of good, sllightly old-fashioned courtroom drama transposed to 19th-century, British-dominated India to give it an added dimension.
Basically, action centers around a secret trial by his fellow officers of a young lieutenant accused of assaulting an officer’s widow in a colonial outpost. In defending the accused, a new arrival slowly uncovers not only the real assaulter, but more especially the hypocrisy which rules and motivates the garrison officers’ lives.
Acting is uniformly excellent. Michael York as the defender and James Faulkner as the defendant get top-notch backing. But, perhaps because of his seemingly offbeat casting as a British officer, it’s Stacy Keach who surprises and steals acting honors.