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Death of a Soldier

Death of a Soldier
VHS cover
Directed by Philippe Mora
Produced by David Hannay
William L. Nagle
Written by William L. Nagle
Starring James Coburn
Bill Hunter
Reb Brown
Maurie Fields
Cinematography Louis Irving
Edited by John Scott
Release dates
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $4 million[1]

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.


  • Production 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p45-47
  2. ^ "Lane Into Film", Cinema Papers, May–June 1981 p148

External links

  • Death of a Soldier at the Internet Movie Database
  • at the National Film and Sound ArchiveDeath of a Soldier
  • Death of a Soldier at New York Times

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