Death of a Soldier
|Death of a Soldier|
|Directed by||Philippe Mora|
|Written by||William L. Nagle|
|Produced by||David Hannay|
William L. Nagle
|Edited by||John Scott|
|Music by||Allan Zavod|
|Distributed by||Scotti Brothers Pictures|
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.
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, which put a black ban on the film. This meant it was a year before the film was released in Australia.
- James Coburn as Maj. Patrick Dannenberg
- Bill Hunter as Det. Sgt. Adams
- Reb Brown as Pvt. Edward J. Leonski
- Maurie Fields as Det. Sgt. Martin
- Max Fairchild as Maj. William Fricks
- Belinda Davey as Margot Saunders
- Randall Berger as Pvt. Anthony Gallo
- Michael Pate as Maj. Gen. Sutherland
- Jon Sidney as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
- Terence Donovan as John Curtin
James Coburn later said, "It wasn't very good. There were a lot of problems with the picture. For one thing we had an auteur producer. He was also the screenwriter. He wrote it too much like a comic strip. We also had a lot of auteurs working on the fucking thing. The director didn't have enough time to prepare it. I was very disappointed by the way it turned out. It was a hellava good story. It's too bad."
- Death of a Soldier at IMDb
- Death of a Soldier at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Death of a Soldier at New York Times
- Death of a Soldier at Oz Movies
- 1986 films
- Australian crime drama films
- Australian films based on actual events
- Australian historical drama films
- Australian serial killer films
- Australian World War II films
- 1986 crime drama films
- Films shot in Melbourne
- Films directed by Philippe Mora
- Films set on the home front during World War II
- 1980s English-language films