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Title: A Soldier's Story When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier. An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. When a rich white corporate executive finds out that he has an illegitimate black son, things start falling apart for him at home, at work and in his social circles.

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko. A racist cop receives a heart transplant from a black lawyer he hates, who returns as a ghost to ask the cop to help take down the men who murdered him. An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.

Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives. After a close friend drops out of politics, a political consultant helping to find a replacement finds a web of corruption and deceit as well. 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? It is equally puzzling and disturbing and will leave you thinking about it for a long time to come. The story takes place at a military base in the American South during the last full year of the Second World War, in Sergeant Vernon Waters, a Black man, is shot to death.

The locals, as well as the Black enlisted men at the base, believe it to be the work of the Ku Klux Klan. Captain Davenport, also a Black man, as well as the first Black officer most of the men at this base have ever seen, is asked to investigate this. The White officers all want to see this matter brought to a swift and tidy conclusion in order to prevent what they see as a potential race riot between the Black soldiers and local Whites around town. Davenport deftly played by the late Howard E. Rollins Jr. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn that Waters is a man of great personal pride and dignity, a man who believes that the African-American race has great potential to "take it's rightful place in history" alongside the White race in America.

But his pride is also fueled by a terrible hatred of Black men, mostly Southern men, who he believes are hurting the race by presenting themselves as lower-class bumpkins; the stereotypical shiftless, lazy, ignorant types; the smiling, singing clowns; the "yassah-boss niggers. Memphis, a simple but charming, illiterate, guitar-strumming man, comes to personify these character traits in Waters' eyes.

The clash between those two personalities is a crucial centerpiece to this movie's message. Ceaser is astonishing as Waters, a man so full of loathing and bile towards his own people, you can feel it oozing off the screen. His best moment occurs in a bar where he stares into a mirror and talks in a dark tone about his unit's heroic efforts in France in the First World War, and how one Black soldier destroyed that sterling image in the minds of many White Frenchmen It's chilling. An undervalued film that you may have to look a little harder in your local video store to find, but well worth the effort!

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Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. Director: Norman Jewison. Writers: Charles Fuller screenplay , Charles Fuller play. Stars: Howard E. Denzel Washington. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Nominated for 3 Oscars. Learn more More Like This. The Mighty Quinn Action Crime Drama. Crime Drama Thriller. A retired British soldier struggles to adjust to everyday life, with increasing difficulty.

Devil in a Blue Dress Crime Drama Mystery. All Critics 20 Top Critics 3. Rollins gives an arresting performance under volatile dramatic circumstances. Lawrence Van Gelder. Jewison's lack of interest in developing anything other than his rather debatable ideological point relegates the film to the realm of moderately competent TV drama. Dave Kehr. Fuller's writing and Caesar's performance, the power of this Soldier's Story is impressive. Peter Travers. The film really belongs to Adolph Caesar who excels as a tyrannical, vicious and masochistic army sergeant.

Dan Jardine. Charles Fuller adapated to the big screen his powerful Pulitzer prize winning play about the murder of a black captain. Directed by Norman Jewison, the movie is well acted but it's too verbose. Emanuel Levy. Dan Lybarger. Rich Cline. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. Occasionally preachy, but otherwise intense and provocative racially provocative drama. Top Box Office.

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Super Reviewer. Share on Facebook. View All Photos. In the racially-divided s, Fort Neal, Louisiana, is a military base where black soldiers are sent not to fight in WWII but to play baseball against other armed forces teams. Rollins, Jr. Davenport, the first black officer that most of the men have ever met, suspects that a pair of white men were responsible for Waters' death, but his probe reveals that nearly everyone, regardless of skin color, had ample reason to kill the loathsome but pitiable Waters.

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Aug 28, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Howard E. Rollins Jr. Adolph Caesar as Sgt. Dennis Lipscomb as Capt. Art Evans as Pvt.

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