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Unknown Soldier (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 January 2004 (USA)
Character triumphs over adversity and temptation when a young African-American man is unexpectedly thrust onto the streets of Harlem.


Ferenc Tóth


Ferenc Tóth

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Credited cast:
Antarah Avent Antarah Avent ... Tree
Alexandra Bosquet Alexandra Bosquet ... Mary
Mnuke Boule Mnuke Boule ... Deshawn
Edrick Browne Edrick Browne ... Jaydog
Randy Clark ... Travis
Layla Edwards Layla Edwards ... Tande
Augustine Ekeinde Augustine Ekeinde ... Jay (as Austin Ekeinde)
Z. Louis Finney Z. Louis Finney ... Kenny
Fernando Garcia Fernando Garcia ... Super
Carl Garrison Carl Garrison ... Sam Jones
Kassandra Hernandez Kassandra Hernandez ... Cassandra
Frank Hernández Frank Hernández ... Luis
Leslie Diane Jackson Leslie Diane Jackson ... Mrs. Grady
Jarrell Jordan Jarrell Jordan ... MC
Rayan Lawrence ... Dancer


Ellison (aka L) just graduated high school and life is breezy. But after his father suddenly dies, all his security is gone. He bounces from place to place staying with a series of friends before landing on the street, and into a shelter. Desperate, he tries to enlist, but the asthma he got from government housing disqualifies him for the Army. Finally, he turns to Zee, his charismatic wealthy neighbor, who has hustled his way up from the streets. Will L honor his hard-working father, or go the way of the streets? Written by Ferenc Toth

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Official Sites:

CL Productions





Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Entertaining Low-Budget Film
2 July 2004 | by alexduffy2000See all my reviews

"Unknown Soldier" is a film about Ellison, a young man whose father suddenly dies, and after bouncing around from friend to friend becomes homeless. He ends up working for a street hustler named Zee. Ellison, who is wonderfully portrayed by Carl Louis, is basically an immature young teenager who is forced to grow up and become a man very quickly. I liked this film, especially when Ellison is forced to make choices about whether he will become a career criminal or abandon a life of crime before he's too deeply involved. There were some elements of film noir towards the end of the movie that should have been explored and extended more, but for a film from a debut director, Ferenc Tóth, it's quite an achievement. I saw this at the LA Film Festival in June 2004, and I asked Tóth if he had one piece of advice for a first-time director, what would it be? His answer - keep your story simple, and get good work out of your actors. A fine debut.

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