Movie Review

A Soldier’s Story (1984)


Directed by: Norman Jewison

Starring: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar, David Alan Grier, Denzel Washington, and Robert Townsend

Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar) is a light-skinned man who specializes in making enemies.  He abuses all of his men at Fort Neal in Louisiana.  It doesn’t help that racial tensions are high at this 1940s military base.  It’s no surprise that he winds up murdered one day.  When Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) is charged with investigating this murder, he soon realizes he’s facing an impossible task as there are quite a few people—both black and white—who had a reason to want to see Sgt. Waters dead.  Norman Jewison’s A Soldier’s Story is a stimulating drama that rips the band-aid off in its exploration of racial issues.  It’s one of those films that's good for you, even though you may not know it.  Watch it when you get a chance (with no alcohol).



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