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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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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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Drama | Mystery | War

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28 February 1985 (Netherlands)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the 1980s centering around military cadet training and/or featured a notable mean drill sergeant. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), A Soldier's Story (1984) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

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While Wilkie is being questioned by Capt Davenport about the murder of Sgt Waters, he tells the captain that Waters received awards called the FEF and the ETO. There is no award with the abbreviation FEF, and ETO stands for European Theater of Operations, which is a geographical area, not an award. See more »

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Master Sergeant Vernon Waters: We're men. Soldiers. And I don't intend for our race to be cheated of its place of honor and respect in this war because of fools like C.J.
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Powerful film
26 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

There's much to recommend about this film. First it is refreshing to see a story about racism not done in the typical fashion where 'good' and 'bad' are so clearly delineated (ie. this a story about racism within the black community). Socially conscious director Jewison (In the Heat of the Night) also does a wonderful job (with the help of the scriptwriter of course) in authentically capturing the social climate of that bygone era. The acting is superb throughout. The only faces I recognized were Denzel's and David Allan Grier's but the unknowns (at least to me) were more than competent in their roles, especially Caesar's portrayal of the trouble Sgt. Waters. This film is not only fine cinema but it is also important history. Recommended, 8/10.


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