GenreCrime, Drama, War ScreenplayWilliam Nagle CountryAustralia
Release date1986 (1986) WriterWilliam L. Nagle (screenplay), William L. Nagle (story) CastJames Coburn (Maj. Patrick Dannenberg), Bill Hunter (Det. Sgt. Adams), Reb Brown (Pvt. Edward J. Leonski) Similar moviesRelated Philippe Mora movies
TaglineThe obscenity of war. The brutality of murder. The travesty of justice.
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Death of a Soldier is a 1986 Australian film based on the life of American serial killer Eddie Leonski. The film was shot using locations around Melbourne, Victoria.
The film is directed by Philippe Mora and stars James Coburn, Bill Hunter and Reb Brown.
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The idea of making the film came from William Nagle who wrote a screenplay to produce himself; David Hannay came on board as co-producer. Dick Richards was originally meant to direct but then Philippe Mora became involved. Mora and the producers wanted to import Americans to play three roles, Leonski, his best friend Gallo, and lawyer Danneberg; Actors Equity only agreed to two.
At one stage it was announced that the movie would be called Leonski and be shot in August 1981 with Don Lane as a US Army major.
The budget was originally meant to be $3 million but this was found to be inadequate during shooting and additional funds had to be raised. To save money the shooting schedule was reduced; some of the crew complained to the Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees' Association, who put a black ban on the film. This meant it was a year before the film was released in Australia.