A SOLDIER’S STORY (Theatrical Release USA 1984)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

A Soldier’s Story
comes under the direction of Norman Jewison, one of the most outstanding directors of our times (Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck, The Thomas Crown Affair, In the Heat of the Night). This film becomes an excellent military as well as racial study piece. Howard E. Rollins, Jr., notable in this field for acting ability, fleshes out the story well. Look for Adolf Caesar and Denzel Washington.

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The murder of Master Sergeant Vernon Waters (Adolph Caesar) becomes the responsibility of Captain Richard Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) to solve.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Norman Jewison for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Chiz Schultz for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.), Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar), Private Wilkie (Art Evans), Corporal Cobb (David Alan Grier), Private Smalls (David Harris), Captain Taylor (Dennis Lipscomb), C.J. Memphis (Larry Riley), Corporal Ellis (Robert Townsend), and Private First Class Peterson (Denzel Washington).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is terrifically written and carefully crafted to invoke intellectual inquiry into the nuances of racial prejudice within military environs.

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