A Soldier's Story [Blu-ray] [1984]

  • SKU: 6943088
  • Release Date: 01/31/2012
  • Rating: PG
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)


A Soldier's Story
Inspired by the Herman Melville novel Billy Budd, writer Charles Fuller created the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play, which he then adapted into this film drama in 1984, for socially conscious, liberal director Norman Jewison. In the racially-divided 1940s, 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. The murder of a black sergeant, Waters (Adolph Caesar) brings an investigator, Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) to the base. 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. The cast of A Soldier's Story features early supporting performances from several African-American actors who would go on to greater prominence, including Denzel Washington, David Alan Grier, and Robert Townsend. The film was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Caesar) and Best Adapted Screenplay. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
    Howard E. Rollins, Jr. - Capt. Davenport
  • Adolph Caesar
    Adolph Caesar - Master Sgt. Waters
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    Dennis Lipscomb - Capt. Taylor
  • Art Evans
    Art Evans - Private Wilkie
  • Patti LaBelle
    Patti LaBelle - Big Mary

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    i enjoyed a solider,s story very so much, that it,s one my favorite movies. i think anyone should watch this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Intense movie

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    One of my favorite movies. A true classic with twists throughout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not Your Average War Movie

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    Howard Rollins, Jr. was excellent in this movie. He plays an African American officer sent to the South to investigate a murder of an African American soldier. Excellent acting by well known actors. Terrible waste that Howard Rollins ended up killing himself later in life. He was a great actor!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Drama


    Great movie with a twist that will have you guessing. Adolph Caesar is just great in this movie, because I actually didn't like him. That's when you know he did a good job, when you finish watching it and say that you can't stand him.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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