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Director Norman Jewison's (In the Heat of the Night) 1984 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the ramifications of racism and loyalty through the prism of blacks in the military, revealed through a murder mystery set in the 1940s deep South. Howard E. Rollins (Ragtime) plays a military investigator assigned to the murder of a drill instructor (Adolph Caesar) in charge of a black platoon. Under pressure from his superiors to wrap his investigation up quickly, Rollins instead delves deeply into the relationships between the despised drill instructor and his men, uncovering lies and animosity, and confronting the question of what it means to be black in a white man's world. Rollins is a riveting, stoic, and emotional lead, and Denzel Washington makes an early appearance as a soldier with a deep grudge against the drill instructor and a deep mistrust of Rollins' investigator. A powerfully written story that makes the most of its large and impressive ensemble cast, A Soldier's Story is a deeply affecting and worthwhile film. --Robert Lane

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Howard E. Rollins Jr.Captain Davenport
Adolph CaesarSergeant Waters
Art EvansPrivate Wilkie
David Alan GrierCorporal Cobb
David HarrisPrivate Smalls
Dennis LipscombCaptain Taylor
Robert TownsendCorporal Ellis
Denzel WashingtonPrivate First Class Peterson
William Allen YoungPrivate Henson
Patti LaBelleBig Mary
Wings HauserLieutenant Byrd
Scott PaulinCaptain Wilcox

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 101 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 28, 2001
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