Cadence (1989)

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When a young Caucasian military man is thrown into an all African-American barracks for punishment, he slowly earns the respect of his peers while they all are forced to contend with the prejudicial acts of a racist sergeant. Charlie Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Martin Sheen (who also directed) and others appear in this well-intentioned drama.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Sheen, Dennis Schryack, Dennis Shryack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2000
Runtime:
Republic Pictures Home Video

Cast


as Pvt. Franklin Bean J...

as Sergeant Otis V. McK...

as Gerald Gessner

as Spoonman

as Sweetbread

as Pfc. Harold Lamar

as Mr. Vito

as Sheridan, Prosecutor

as Abel Fox

as MP in Bar

as Colonel Clark

as Colonel Porter

as Principal

as Bartender

as Principal

as Mrs. Vito

as Tattoo Woman

as MP in Bar

as GI in Bar

as MP in Bar

as Bean Sr.

as Bean (age 8)

as Funeral Director
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Critic Reviews for Cadence

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

There's no real feel for period (the mid-'60s), and that dull Sheen psychodrama doesn't go away.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There is no indication that Mr. Sheen ever yelled "Cut!" when he had a chance to send one of his actors over the top.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A sluggish comedy of race relations from the sappy Sheens, it's instant fodder for In Living Color's satirical Wayans.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Emotions in this film operate on a made-for-TV level; they don't engage you.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The cast builds genuine characters out of stock situations.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
DVDTalk.com

A fine look at the racial differences of the armed forces of that era.

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Audience Reviews for Cadence

I finally saw "Cadence" while I was visiting my family in Texas awhile back and it was a great movie. Charlie Sheen has to go to military camp for 90 days after hitting a cop. Martin Sheen plays the role of the sergeant at the base. "Cadence" features one of both Charlie's and Martin Sheen's best performances in my opinion. Charlie Sheen must survive the 90 days in the camp in order to get out alive. He has to go to Vietnam afterwards. This movie will keep you interested while you watch to see if Franklin Bean, (Charlie Sheen), can learn to get along with his black roomates and how he will put up with the sergeant, (Martin Sheen), while he's there.
You will remember "Cadence" for the performances that all the actors put on and some of the other sequences such as getting the windmill to work. But you'll remember it even more for the song "End of My Journey" after you hear it at the end of the movie. There's no doubt that it's the best Christian song I've ever heard. If you like movies that deal with the Army, you'll like "Cadence." In my opinion, it's one of the best movies of the decade and one movie you can't miss. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Yet another rather overlooked great by Sheen, along with The Chase and to a lesser extent, Beyond The Law.

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Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Well-meant film about the evils of racism is skewed by director-star Martin Sheen's overly sympathetic portrait of a prejudiced stockade commander who attempts to use newcomer Charlie Sheen to spy on his cell mates, all of whom are black. More notable for good intentions than dramatic power.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

Stereotype packed, the Black actors at least get a showcase for their skills, and many have gone on to bigger things, but this film has it's niche appeal as a time capsule of an era where the US Army was not at it's best, and intentionally sought to rid itself of the Black street hoodlums it needed desperately to fight in combat in Vietnam. Welcomed into the ranks to fight, and discarded pitilessly when that war war declared a no-go...(I know about this from personal experience, as I was a Military Policeman during this era working the jail/stockade detail..and it not only sucked, it blew!)...I can say that, despite it's myriad flaws, it was better to have this film made than not, if only to let the viewer get a small glimpse into the mindset of the era, as sanitized as it is in this film. I have a problem with such anti-military individuals as the Sheen/Estevez Axis creating such stuff, revisionist history mind-control and all that rot, but viewing this with your BS detectors on full can still make an interesting film experience, at the performance level (the cast all do their best), so grab the salty buttered oiled popcorn and check it out...

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Black Snake

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