The story is excellent (I could write a lot more, but I try not to give to much away). The main character is Franklin Bean, an Army Private. Pvt. Bean is sentenced to 90 days in the stockade after hearing the news that his father died, getting unauthorized tattoos, going on a drinking binge and hitting an MP. In the stockade, Pvt. Bean's (who is white) "roommates" are 5 black prisoners. Pvt. Bean does not fit in, not because of his fellow prison mates, but because he does not want to belong. The stockade is overseen by Sgt. Otis McKinney, a racist disciplinarian who is constantly trying to get Bean on "his team". Despite Bean's desire to be alone, Bean does pick a side. The film ends in tragedy, and Pvt. Bean is faced with the gut wrenching decision between what is right and what is right. While the scene I am referring to is short, I think it was one of the most powerful movie scenes showing a young person trying to make a decision where both alternatives seem to be the right thing to do, and the path he chooses has drastically different outcomes.
I never even heard of this movie in the theaters. However, I feel this is one of the greatest "coming of age" stories I have ever seen. I think this is one of the best "unknown" movies I have ever seen. The screenplay writing is absolutely brilliant, though I will admit I had to watch the movie a couple of times before I saw the movie as more than a story about some guy in a military prison.
This is definitely not a happy movie. I don't think this is the type of movie I pop in the DVD player and cuddle with a date on the couch. I would classify the movie as a sad drama. I think this movie is definitely a must see!