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A Soldier's Story (1984) Movie Information

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Norman Jewison


Denzel Washington
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Adolph Caesar
Robert Townsend
David Alan Grier
Patti LaBelle





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When a black soldier is found murdered in the deep south, a no-nonsense army attorney, who is also black, is brought in to get to the bottom of the crime. Despite the tense racial situation, he learns the truth about the soldier, and closes in on his killer. -- Chris Kavan

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Race and rank collide in this riveting mystery

Powerfully acted wartime drama about a murder investigation of a black soldier (Caesar) during World War 2. The lead officer in charge (Rollins) has to piece together the differing stories concerning the victim's character and everyone's apparent motivations. On top of that, he has to contend with racist white officers and subterfuge by even fellow black soldiers.
There's a lot of great performances in A SOLDIER'S STORY. Rollins is the taciturn lawyer; Caesar is the loathsome tyrannical bully; Art Evans is the weaselly brown-noser; and a young Denzel Washington is quietly commanding as the intellectual with a rebellious streak. Washington especially shows hints of his signature charismatic screen presence in the making. Adolph Caesar is at once menacing and pathetic.
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