A Soldier's Story

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Released 1984

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Director:
Norman Jewison
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG
A Soldier's Story is a 1984 military drama that explores the mysterious death of an unpopular African-American officer at a World War II training camp. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Fuller, the film follows Army attorney Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) as he travels from Washington DC to the Deep South to investigate the death of Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar) at a Louisiana military base. Based on the racial tensions in the small town near the base, Davenport initially suspects some of the local white citizens or a bigoted fellow officer. But the more he hears about the caustic personality and cruel leadership of the Sergeant towards his own troops, Waters begins to consider whether Waters was murdered by one of his own men after being pushed too far. Directed by Norman Jewison ("Moonstruck"), this intelligent military mystery combines a compelling character study with a segregated American era.

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Legal, African-American Drama, Social Issues, Military & War