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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the film's audio-commentary, the picture was the first ever film to shoot in the American state of Arkansas, but this is incorrect. See more »

Goofs

When Davenport is interviewing Wilkie, the Captain's sunglasses start out on the desk, next to the books. In subsequent shots they are on the top of the hat where they stay until the final shot as Wilkie is leaving the room, when they disappear. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Nivens: The worst thing you can do, in this part of the country, is pay too much attention to the death of a negro under mysterious circumstances.
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Low Down Dirty Shame
Written by Larry Riley
Performed by Patti LaBelle and Larry Riley
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Hidden treasure!
26 June 1999 | by (Madison, AL) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. The thing that I find so amazing is that few people have ever heard of it much less seen it. The acting and story line is excellent. This is one of those great whodunits with a great twist that compels us to examine our stereotypes and presumptions. If you find yourself looking for a great tip at the video store check this movie out. I think you'll enjoy it.


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