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A Soldier's Story (1984)

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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La historia de un soldado  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,100,000 (USA)
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This picture dealt with racism and racial themes, including what director Norman Jewison calls "black racism" (racial discrimination by blacks against blacks). Director Jewison had previously examined the subject matter of racism in his earlier picture, In the Heat of the Night (1967), made and released about seventeen years earlier. That movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning five Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture. A Soldier's Story (1984) was also Oscar nominated for Best Picture but did not win. See more »

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Corporal Ellis is wearing the single chevron of a Private E-2, not the double chevron of a Corporal. See more »

Quotes

Corporal Ellis: I've been driving this jeep for six months, sir. Only turned over twice.
Captain Davenport: Twice?
Corporal Ellis: Yes sir.
Captain Davenport: Good.
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Referenced in Crap Shoot: The Documentary (2007) See more »

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Low Down Dirty Shame
Written by Larry Riley
Performed by Patti LaBelle and Larry Riley
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One of the Best of All Time
12 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't even say this movie is underappreciated and overlooked b/c it did get a nomination for Best Picture...but I'll say it is anyway! :) This movie is not just a great "black" film, it's a great film, period. Howard Rollins shows the great actor he once was (and makes you saddened by how his later career after "Heat of the Night" turned out) and you cannot beat the who's who of the rest of the cast: Robert Townsend, Denzel, Adolph Caesar... I'm glad I found out it's on DVD with commentary by Mr. Jewison cause it deserves the format (although more goodies would've been great). If you haven't seen it, you must. For excellent acting and story it rarely gets better than this one...


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