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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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28 February 1985 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

La historia de un soldado  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,100,000 (USA)
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Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, and Larry Riley all recreated their roles from the original 1981 Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway production; when the play was revived in 2005, James McDaniel assumed Caesar's Sgt. Waters role. See more »

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When the three black sergeants and Pvt Wilkie are seated in the bar, Pvt Wilkie has his unit patch sewn on his right shoulder. We later see Pvt Wilkie with his unit patch on his left shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Nivens: Remember, you're the first colored officer most of these men ever seen. The Army expects you to set an example for the colored troops... and be a credit to your race.
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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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