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Proud (2004)

PG | | Drama | 11 November 2004 (USA)
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The true story of one of only two U.S. Navy ships that saw combat in World War II with African-American crews.


Mary Pat Kelly


Mary Pat Kelly
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Credited cast:
Reggie Austin ... Dubois
Vernel Bagneris ... Larry's Father
Marcus Chait ... Lieutenant Westin
Michael Ciesla Michael Ciesla ... Yeoman Of The Flagship
Ossie Davis ... Lorenzo DuFau
Erik LaRay Harvey ... Kevin / James Graham (as Eric LaRay Harvey)
Rashad Haughton Rashad Haughton ... Hank Fields
Janet Hubert ... Larry's Mother (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Kahlil Gibran Jackson Kahlil Gibran Jackson ... Soldier
Albert Jones ... Larry / Young Lorenzo DuFau
Kidada Jones ... Gordon's sister
Tim Kukulka Tim Kukulka ... Officer's Family Member
Jeffrey Nash Jeffrey Nash ... Marcus / Gordon Buchanan
Gerry Newton Gerry Newton ... Man on Train
Denise Nicholas ... Gordon's Mother


The true story of one of only two U.S. Navy ships that saw combat in World War II with African-American crews.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and mild violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

11 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proudly We Served See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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THEntertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


At the end of the film real footage is shown of the present day USS Mason featuring Bill Clinton and Tommy Hilfiger. Hilfiger's production company THEntertainment produced the film. See more »


In the scene showing the ships departure from New York harbor, the camera pans down the side of the ship as the men "man the rail", and shows that the ship is still tied up to the pier. See more »


References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »


She's Funny That Way
Music by Neil Moret
Lyrics by Richard A. Whiting
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A Story about heroism & discrimination, and recognition 50 years later
29 July 2006 | by GplindSee all my reviews

This is an independent feature telling the story of average men, caught performing heroic acts in a time of war. These men served their country, performed numerous duties to help a convoy succeed in its mission to bring supplies to England. Men had died during this trip across the Atlantic, not to mention getting caught in one of the worst storms in this century, dubbed "the storm of the century during wartime".

These men were supposed to have received commendations for their numerous acts of bravery. The Commander of the convoy, Alfred Lind, wrote those recommendations (ultimately found in naval archives), but they were never given. Why? This was the only ship in the Navy that had black sailors serving on it, which was sent into combat during World War II (the other 11,000 black sailors served in menial jobs). Those same men that served their country couldn't even buy a hot dog on the pier.

Those recommendations were written because the men deserved them. They were never awarded because it was during a time when the color of a their skin somehow disqualified them.

Our society still has a way to go. Hopefully this story helps pave the way for future generations to achieve color blindness.

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