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Tensions flare in this gripping film about a murder on a black army base near the end of World War II. Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.), a proud black army attorney, is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, to investigate the ruthless shooting death of Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar). Through interviews with Sarge's men, Davenport learns that he was a vicious man who served the white world and despised his own roots. Was the killer a bigoted white officer? Or could he have been a black soldier embittered by Waters' constant race baiting? Directed by Norman Jewison from Charles Fuler's Pulitzer Prize- winning play, A Soldier's Story is both a spellbinding mystery and a superb drama that transcends race.
Director Norman Jewison's (In the Heat of the Night) 1984 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the ramifications of racism and loyalty through the prism of blacks in the military, revealed through a murder mystery set in the 1940s deep South. Howard E. Rollins (Ragtime) plays a military investigator assigned to the murder of a drill instructor (Adolph Caesar) in charge of a black platoon. Under pressure from his superiors to wrap his investigation up quickly, Rollins instead delves deeply into the relationships between the despised drill instructor and his men, uncovering lies and animosity, and confronting the question of what it means to be black in a white man's world. Rollins is a riveting, stoic, and emotional lead, and Denzel Washington makes an early appearance as a soldier with a deep grudge against the drill instructor and a deep mistrust of Rollins' investigator. A powerfully written story that makes the most of its large and impressive ensemble cast, A Soldier's Story is a deeply affecting and worthwhile film. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this movie. A murder mystery, set in the 1940's on an American army base in the southern U.S. during WW2. A black Sargent has been murdered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. D.
It reminds me of a low budget M.A.S.H... Not into M.A.S.H and not into low budget movies... Don't waist your time and moneyPublished 3 months ago by Jennifer Cloutier
This is a must see movie. It features some of the best African-American actors and has a story line that everyone can relate to.Published on Jan. 19 2003 by PaulPi
I found this movie to be a beautifully done flick. I remember going to the movies with my family to go see it. I was only 6 years old when it came out, but I remembered it. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Tanika L Carroll
This is one of my favorite movies...It is about a black army officers death..It deals with racial tention and even racism within the black race.. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2001