A Soldier's Story (1984)




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Based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play (and featuring most of the play's original cast), A Soldier's Story. The plot is about a Black Army lawyer (Howard E Rollins) who is assigned to investigate the murder of an unpopular sergeant (Adolph Caesar) at a Southern military base during World War II. Caesar was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and the film received two additional Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: Charles Fuller
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On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Jewison's lack of interest in developing anything other than his rather debatable ideological point relegates the film to the realm of moderately competent TV drama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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New York Times
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The film really belongs to Adolph Caesar who excels as a tyrannical, vicious and masochistic army sergeant.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013

Charles Fuller adapated to the big screen his powerful Pulitzer prize winning play about the murder of a black captain. Directed by Norman Jewison, the movie is well acted but it's too verbose.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for A Soldier's Story

Courtroom drama, written by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning, "A Soldier's Play", was nominated for Best Picture. Great ensemble cast features early supporting performances from Denzel Washington, David Alan Grier, and Robert Townsend.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Forgotten Oscar Nominated classic.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

This earlier Jewison confirms that solid film making is a constant theme throughout the year. It is mildly ideological but nonetheless powerful.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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