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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... See more »

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Maj. Patrick Dannenberg
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Det. Sgt. Adams
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Pvt. Edward J. Leonski
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Det. Sgt. Martin (as Maurice Fields)
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Maj. William Fricks
Belinda Davey ...
Margot Saunders
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Pvt. Anthony Gallo
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Maj. Gen. Sutherland
Jon Sidney ...
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Nell Johnson ...
Maisie
Pippa Wilson ...
Singer in Boomerang Bar
Kim Rushworth ...
Band in Bar
John McTernan ...
Col. Williams (as John McTiernan)
Earl Francis ...
Police Doctor
Ron Pinnell ...
Mr. Harmon
Len Kaserman ...
Maj. Gen. Eichelberger
John Cottone ...
Maj. Gen. R.G. Marshall
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Girl #1 in Bar
Nigel Bradshaw ...
Sgt. Rothberger
Anthea Roordink ...
Girl on Bar (as Anthea Rudink)
Mary Charleston ...
Pauline Thompson (as Mary Charelston)
Chris Connelly ...
Jim Smith
Robin Harrison ...
Philip Raymond (as Rob Harrison)
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Billy
Dave Gray ...
Piano Player in Brothel
Ian Shrives ...
Australian Digger
David Arnett ...
GI Sergeant
Malcolm Lomax ...
GI with Knife
Jeannette Leigh ...
Wilma Smith
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Religious Speaker
Don White ...
GI on Train
Paul Michael Young ...
GI on Train
Bill Fozzard ...
Officer on Train
Burt Cooper ...
Australian Officer
Jon Craig ...
US Officer
Rowena Mohr ...
Mary Henry
Simon Hughes ...
Const. Wilson
Kath Gordon ...
Girl Kissing GI in Doorway (as Kathy Gordon)
Paul Russell ...
GI Kissing Girl in Doorway
Nikki Lane ...
Stripper in Bar
Peter Gaudian ...
Second Band in Bar (as Peter Gaudian and the Society Syncopaters)
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Dave - Detective in Bar
Gennie Nevinson ...
Gladys Hosking
John F. Howard ...
Latrine GI
David Frezza ...
Provost Sergeant
Duke Bannister ...
Col. Spencer Eddy
John Murphy ...
Army Psychiatrist
Brian Adams ...
Court-Martial President
Arthur Sherman ...
US Army Prosecutor
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Law Officer
John Benton ...
Signals Sergeant
Patrick Frost ...
Signals Captain
John Higgins ...
US Staff Major
Anna Peacock ...
Post Office Clerk #1
Antoinette Byron ...
Post Office Clerk #2
Paul Karo ...
Opposition MP
Terence Donovan ...
John Curtin
Elizabeth Crockett ...
MacArthur's Secretary
Brian Woeller ...
US Padre
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GI at Hanging
Perry Atfield ...
US Provost
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerrie Biddell
Don Burrows
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G.I. on Train (uncredited)
Mark Clarke ...
Army Soldier (uncredited)
Rebecca Dines ...
Jane Evans (uncredited)
Carol Hitchcock ...
Woman with Wig (uncredited)

Directed by

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Philippe Mora

Written by

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William L. Nagle ... (screenplay) (as William Nagle)
 
William L. Nagle ... (story) (as William Nagle)

Produced by

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David Hannay ... producer
Richard Jabara ... associate producer
William L. Nagle ... producer
Honnon Page ... associate producer
Lance W. Reynolds ... co-producer (as Lance Reynolds)
Oscar Scherl ... executive producer
Richard Tanner ... executive producer

Music by

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Allan Zavod

Cinematography by

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Louis Irving

Film Editing by

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John Scott

Editorial Department

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Philippa Harvey ... assistant editor
Frans Vandenburg ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Geoff Richardson

Art Direction by

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Geoff Richardson

Set Decoration by

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Jill Eden

Costume Design by

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Alexandra Tynan

Makeup Department

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Deryck De Niese ... makeup artist creator (as Deryck DeNiese) / makeup designer (as Deryck DeNiese)
Michelle Lowe ... makeup artist
Stephen Mahoney ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Leigh Ammitzboll ... unit manager
David Clarke ... production manager
Charles Hannah ... post-production supervisor
Tom Melher Kovac ... unit manager runner
Geoffrey Pollock ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Peter Culpan ... third assistant director
Brian Giddens ... first assistant director
Hamish McSporran ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Chris Gilmartin ... construction supervisor
Keith Handscombe ... property master
Graeme Loader ... art department runner
Lou Marston ... assistant property master
Geoff Richardson ... construction manager
John Stabb ... stand-by props

Sound Department

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Greg Bell ... sound designer
Helen Brown ... dialogue editor
Julian Ellingworth ... sound mixer
Chris Goldsmith ... boom operator
Philippa Harvey ... assistant dialogue editor
Paul Huntingford ... foley artist
David Rawlinson ... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Chris Schweers ... assistant sound mixer
Geoff White ... sound recordist
Danielle Wiessner ... assistant sound

Special Effects by

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Brian Pearce ... special effects

Stunts

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Bill Stacey ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Barry Brown ... grip
Derry Field ... focus puller
Les Frazier ... electrician
Martin Glassborow ... still photographer
Tony Holtham ... gaffer
Louis Irving ... camera operator
Laurie Kirkwood ... clapper loader
Jamie Leckie ... grip
Ian Park ... key grip
Dick Tummel ... best boy
Adam Williams ... generator operator

Casting Department

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Lee Larner ... casting consultant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Denise Brandon ... wardrobe assistant
Geraldine Nixon ... wardrobe supervisor
Palmina Santuce ... seamstress
Amanda Smith ... wardrobe stand-by
Liz Wagstall ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Will Davidson ... location security

Music Department

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Bruce Emery ... orchestra mixer
Marc Gonsalves-Gunn ... music coordinator
W.C. Handy ... composer: song "St. Louis Blues"
David Hemming ... music engineer
Ron Rosenberg ... music transcriptor
Roger Savage ... music mixer
Allan Zavod ... conductor / music arranger
Robin Gray ... music scoring engineer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Nan Allendorfer ... film researcher
Julie Cleland ... attache: Film Victoria
Polka Dot ... clothes: Ms. Davey
Sue Evans ... production secretary
Susan Forence ... dialogue coach
Melinda Foster ... production runner
Bob Hempenstall ... armorer
Simon Heyworth ... liaison: Filmtrax
Les Jabara ... unit publicist
Pamela Johns ... nurse
Jeannette Leigh ... production associate
Joanne McLennan ... continuity
Ken McLeod ... military advisor / safety officer
Vicki Popplewell ... production coordinator
Ralph Price ... assistant: Mr. Coburn
Sue Robinson ... secretary to producers
Antony Shepherd ... assistant production accountant
Frans Vandenburg ... film researcher
Howard Wheatley ... production accountant
Bruce Williamson ... laboratory liaison

Thanks

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Brian McKinlay ... thanks
William Murphy ... thanks
Ira C. Rothgerber ... thanks
Albert Tucker ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Fryingham

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Taglines The obscenity of war. The brutality of murder. The travesty of justice. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Leonski Incident (Australia)
  • Leonski: The Brown-Out Murders (Australia)
  • Leonski (Australia)
  • The Brown-out Murders (Australia)
  • War Story (Australia)
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  • 93 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie is based on the true story of the murders of three Melbourne women by a US Army private stationed near the city during World War II. The series of killings are known as The Brown-Out Murders while the killer, Pvt. Eddie Leonski, was known as "The Brownout Strangler" or "The Brownout Murderer". "Brown-out" was a term used during the war when people would dim the lights in their houses to reduce the chances of enemy airplanes using them as a "beacon" for aerial bombing. At the time of the murders, Melbourne was in the thick of brown-out, in which the streets were dark and shadowy. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Death of a Soldier (2011). See more »
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