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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from votes
||Release: 2 November 1984 (USA) /
||Stars: Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier, David Harris, Dennis Lipscomb, Denzel Washington, Howard E. Rollins Jr., John Hancock, Larry Riley, Patti LaBelle, Robert Townsend, Scott Paulin, Trey Wilson, William Allen Young, Wings Hauser
||Synopsis: A black soldier is killed while returning to his base in the deep south. The white people of the area are suspected at first. A tough black army attorney is brought in to find out the truth. We find out a bit more about the dead soldier in flashbacks - and that he was unpopular. Will the attorney find the killer ? Written by Colin Tinto <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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"A Soldier's Story," directed by Norman Jewison, tells a very powerful and
tragic tale of black racism in WWII America. It is equally puzzling and
disturbing and will leave you thinking about it for a long time to
The story takes place at a military base in the American South during the
last full year of the Second World War, in 1944. Sergeant Vernon Waters,
Black man, is shot to death. The locals, as well as the Black enlisted
at the base, believe it to be the work of the Ku Klux Klan. Captain
Davenport, also a Black man, as well as the first Black officer most of
men at this base have ever seen, is asked to investigate this. The White
officers all want to see this matter brought to a swift and tidy
in order to prevent what they see as a potential race riot between the
soldiers and local Whites around town.
Davenport (deftly played by the late Howard E. Rollins Jr.) questions the
enlisted men at the base, and begins to learn that the murdered
sergeant(Adolph Ceaser in an Oscar-nominated performance) had no shortage
enemies, White and Black.
Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that Waters is a man of great
personal pride and dignity, a man who believes that the African-American
race has great potential to "take it's rightful place in history"
the White race in America. But his pride is also fueled by a terrible
hatred of Black men, mostly Southern men, who he believes are hurting the
race by presenting themselves as lower-class bumpkins; the stereotypical
shiftless, lazy, ignorant types; the smiling, singing clowns; the
One soldier, C.J. Memphis, a simple but charming, illiterate,
guitar-strumming man, comes to personify these character traits in Waters'
eyes. The clash between those two personalities is a crucial centerpiece
this movie's message.
Ceaser is astonishing as Waters, a man so full of loathing and bile
his own people, you can feel it oozing off the screen. His best moment
occurs in a bar where he stares into a mirror and talks in a dark tone
his unit's heroic efforts in France in the First World War, and how one
Black soldier destroyed that sterling image in the minds of many White
Frenchmen.....and what Waters did in response. It's chilling.
An undervalued film that you may have to look a little harder in your
video store to find, but well worth the effort!
Tags for A Soldier's Story Full Movie
, Art Evans
, David Alan Grier
, David Harris
, Dennis Lipscomb
, Denzel Washington
, Howard E. Rollins Jr.
, John Hancock
, Larry Riley
, Patti LaBelle
, Robert Townsend
, Scott Paulin
, Trey Wilson
, William Allen Young
, Wings Hauser
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