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Death of a Soldier (1986)

R
93 min | Crime, Drama, War

Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in ...See moreBased on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in order to possess their voices. Despite the defense lawyer's concerns that the killer is not fit to stand trial, the US military presses forward with the case and its desire to have the killer executed in order to strengthen the shaky alliance. The real person who did this was Eddie Leonski. Written by Themanmir See less
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William L. Nagle (screenplay) (as William Nagle) (story) (as William Nagle)
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May 16, 1986 (United States)

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James Coburn
Maj. Patrick Dannenberg Maj. Patrick Dannenberg   See fewer
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Bill Hunter
Det. Sgt. Adams Det. Sgt. Adams   See fewer
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Reb Brown
Pvt. Edward J. Leonski Pvt. Edward J. Leonski   See fewer
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Maurie Fields
Det. Sgt. Martin (as Maurice Fields) Det. Sgt. Martin (as Maurice Fields)   See fewer
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Max Fairchild
Maj. William Fricks Maj. William Fricks   See fewer
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Belinda Davey
Margot Saunders Margot Saunders   See fewer
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Randall Berger
Pvt. Anthony Gallo Pvt. Anthony Gallo   See fewer
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Michael Pate
Maj. Gen. Sutherland Maj. Gen. Sutherland   See fewer
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Jon Sidney
Gen. Douglas MacArthur Gen. Douglas MacArthur   See fewer
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Nell Johnson
Maisie Maisie   See fewer
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Pippa Wilson
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Kim Rushworth
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John McTernan
Col. Williams (as John McTiernan) Col. Williams (as John McTiernan)   See fewer
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Earl Francis
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Ron Pinnell
Mr. Harmon Mr. Harmon   See fewer
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Len Kaserman
Maj. Gen. Eichelberger Maj. Gen. Eichelberger   See fewer
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John Cottone
Maj. Gen. R.G. Marshall Maj. Gen. R.G. Marshall   See fewer
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Lisa Aldenhoven
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Nigel Bradshaw
Sgt. Rothberger Sgt. Rothberger   See fewer
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Anthea Roordink
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Mary Charleston
Pauline Thompson (as Mary Charelston) Pauline Thompson (as Mary Charelston)   See fewer
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Chris Connelly
Jim Smith Jim Smith   See fewer
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Robin Harrison
Philip Raymond (as Rob Harrison) Philip Raymond (as Rob Harrison)   See fewer
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Dave Gray
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Ian Shrives
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David Arnett
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Malcolm Lomax
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Jeannette Leigh
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Frank Thring
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Bill Fozzard
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Burt Cooper
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Jon Craig
US Officer US Officer   See fewer
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Rowena Mohr
Mary Henry Mary Henry   See fewer
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Simon Hughes
Const. Wilson Const. Wilson   See fewer
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Kath Gordon
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Paul Russell
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Nikki Lane
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Peter Gaudian
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Tim Hughes
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Gennie Nevinson
Gladys Hosking Gladys Hosking   See fewer
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John F. Howard
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David Frezza
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Duke Bannister
Col. Spencer Eddy Col. Spencer Eddy   See fewer
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John Murphy
Army Psychiatrist Army Psychiatrist   See fewer
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Brian Adams
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Arthur Sherman
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Ken Wayne
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John Benton
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Patrick Frost
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John Higgins
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Anna Peacock
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Antoinette Byron
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Paul Karo
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Terence Donovan
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Elizabeth Crockett
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Brian Woeller
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Geoff Parry
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Perry Atfield
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Jasper Bagg
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Mark Clarke
Army Soldier (uncredited) Army Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rebecca Dines
Jane Evans (uncredited) Jane Evans (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 184 votes