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A Soldier's Story (1984)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  2 November 1984 (USA)
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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

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Captain Davenport
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Sergeant Waters
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Private Wilkie
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Corporal Cobb
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Private Smalls
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Captain Taylor
Larry Riley ...
C.J. Memphis
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Corporal Ellis
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Private Henson
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Big Mary
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Lieutenant Byrd
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Captain Wilcox
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Sergeant Washington
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Colonel Nivens
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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 <cst@imdb.com>

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Alone, far from home, and far from justice, he has three days to learn the truth about a murder...and the truth is a story you won't forget.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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2 November 1984 (USA)  »

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La historia de un soldado  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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C.J. Memphis: Any man ain't sure where he belong, gotta' be in a whole lotta pain.
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Fascinating mystery with a great script and a fine ensemble cast make this a must-see
23 November 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film, at it's heart a case study in human psychology, but also a mystery and an intriguing one at that. The cast, mostly unknowns at the time, is fantastic and contains many now-familiar faces, most notably Denzel Washington and David Alan Grier. Adolph Caesar was nominated for an Oscar and Howard Rollins, Jr. probably should have been. Another highlight (at least for me) are the songs sung by Larry Riley and Patte LaBelle. This is a gem of a film, one that is most highly recommended.


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