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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Aug 28, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film really belongs to Adolph Caesar who excels as a tyrannical, vicious and masochistic army sergeant.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

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.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A powerful and arresting drama.

August 2, 2005
Nitrate Online

Strongly written and performec.

June 5, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Reveals the virulence of racism

July 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Occasionally preachy, but otherwise intense and provocative racially provocative drama

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

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.
July 22, 2008
hobster1

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Forgotten Oscar Nominated classic.
March 3, 2007
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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This earlier Jewison confirms that solid film making is a constant theme throughout the year. It is mildly ideological but nonetheless powerful.
March 26, 2014
John Ballantine

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A great soundtrack by Herbie Hancock featuring Patti LaBelle. An outstanding cast including a young Denzel Washington, and a strong and emotional story. You put all those together and you have one of the best films I had never heard of until about a week ago when I spotted a poster for the film at my local Cinema.
A fantastic piece of filmmaking from Norman Jewison who has brought us some timeless classics including The Cincinnati Kid and In The Heat of the Night and he would go on to direct Denzel Washington again in The Hurricane.
April 19, 2011
Jason Reneau

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    1. Pfc. Peterson: Anything you don't want to do, the colored troops will do for you.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
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