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 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. Written by
The obscenity of war. The brutality of murder. The travesty of justice.
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The meaning and relevance of this movie's title, "Death of a Soldier", is that it relates to the execution and death of this movie's subject, Pvt. Edward Leonski, who was clearly guilty of murdering three women in Australia during World War II. However, the legal processes and mechanisms that were used were allegedly unfair and the death penalty may not have been imposed. As such, the "death of a soldier" represents a failure of the US military justice justice, specifically the lack of due process. See more