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


Howard E. Rollins Jr...
as Capt. Davenport
Adolph Caesar
as Sgt. Waters
Dennis Lipscomb
as Capt. Taylor
Art Evans
as Pvt. Wilkie
David Harris
as Pvt. Smalls
Larry Riley
as C.J. Memphis
Robert Townsend
as Cpl. Ellis
Denzel Washington
as Pfc. Peterson
Patti LaBelle
as Big Mary
Wings Hauser
as Lt. Byrd
Scott Paulin
as Capt. Wilcox
John Hancock
as Sgt. Washington
Trey Wilson
as Col. Nivens
Carl Dreher
as Bus Driver
Vaughn Reeves
as Capt. Estes
Robert Tyler
as Pvt. Seymour
Warren Clements
as Sgt. Hooks
Traftin E. Thompson
as MP in Barracks
Roy Wells
as Training Field Serge...
Tommy G. Liggins
as Soldier Painting
Pat Grabe
as Lieutenant #1
Terry Dodd
as Lieutenant #2
Calvin Franklin
as Barracks Soldier
Kevin T. Mosley
as Barracks Soldier
Michael Williams
as Barracks Soldier
David Ashley
as Barracks Soldier
Charles Howard Thoma...
as Barracks Soldier
Bobby McGaughey
as Barracks Soldier
Rick Ramey
as Barracks Soldier
Lacarnist Hiriams
as Barracks Soldier
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Critic Reviews for A Soldier's Story

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
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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