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
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 2 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 by "kmartinklover"
Unerated and only now available on DVD, this is a classic period piece. Totally overlooked are two musical performances by Patti Labelle, who is forced to sing in the period of... Read morePublished on March 3 2000
this a great film.this is probably one of the greatest films that has never been seen in wide view like it so richly deserves.the Acting is very solid all the way thru. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2000 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD