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.
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Critic Reviews for A Soldier's Story
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
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.More
This earlier Jewison confirms that solid film making is a constant theme throughout the year. It is mildly ideological but nonetheless powerful.More
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.
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