A Soldier's Story (1984)
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Inspired by the Herman Melville novel Billy Budd, writer Charles Fuller created the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play, which he then adapted into this film drama in 1984, for socially conscious, liberal director Norman Jewison. In the racially-divided 1940s, Fort Neal, Louisiana, is a military base where black soldiers are sent not to fight in WWII but to play baseball against other armed forces teams. The murder of a black sergeant, Waters (Adolph Caesar) brings an investigator, Captain
Sep 14, 1984 Wide
Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Howard E. Rollins Jr...
Master Sgt. Waters
Pvt. CJ Memphis
David Alan Grier
William Allen Young
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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.
The film really belongs to Adolph Caesar who excels as a tyrannical, vicious and masochistic army sergeant.
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.
A powerful and arresting drama.
Strongly written and performec.
Audience Reviews for A Soldier's Story
- Pfc. Peterson: Anything you don't want to do, the colored troops will do for you.
- Private Wilkie: Those Klan boys can't stand to see us in uniforms. They usually take the stripes and stuff off before they lynch us.
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