Friday, October 22, 2021

American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

Feeling like a Made-for-TV movie that Al Pacino got suckered into, American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally offers a half-hearted attempt to examine the post World War II trial of Mildred Gillars (Meadow Williams), an American actress who worked for the Germans during the war broadcasting Nazi propaganda under different names including Axis Sally.

It's easy to pick out the two scenes which peaked Pacino's interest in his character, the lawyer assigned to defend Gillars in an American courtroom on eight counts of treason. It's harder to find a reason for anyone else getting involved.

Williams plays a character who things happen to and we're left with no better picture of who Gillars was than when the story began. The film is weak in terms of courtroom drama, doesn't have the time or interest for character study, and doesn't take a stance of Gillars, leaving the film by writer/director Michael Polish dead on arrival.

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