• Bill Shannon

    ★★★ Watched by Bill Shannon 21 Mar, 2016

    An intriguing enough mystery that has the pacing and feel of a TV movie. Its kind of like a cross between Rashomon and The Caine Mutiny, but made for the Hallmark channel.

    There are strong performances by Rollins, Caesar and Denzel Washington, but the murder mystery at the heart of the story feels rushed and perfunctory. Jewison's framing and timing feels pedestrian. The story is brimming with racial tension, but that angle is undermined by cartoonish staging.

    I'll bet the play upon which it is based is much better. It's well-written enough, but what is on film feels unworthy of Best Picture Nomination consideration.

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  • Raúl Cornejo

    ★★★ Watched by Raúl Cornejo 10 Jan, 2016

    Herbie Hancock, Hitler y Adolph Caesar

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  • ejeffb2004

    ★★★½ Watched by ejeffb2004 13 Dec, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Weird that I never saw this back then, but just ok now.

    From tcm
    Norman Jewison's long career as a filmmaker has touched on all types of stories, but he seems to really hit his targets when dealing with racial injustice. In the Heat of the Night (1967) was a groundbreaking piece of work in its time, and The Hurricane (1999) was another award-winning exploration of institutionalized racism. But A Soldier's Story (1984), Jewison's adaptation of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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  • Steven Cohen

    ★★★ Watched by Steven Cohen 08 Dec, 2015

    Featuring one of Denzel Washington's earliest film roles, A Soldier's Story is an adaptation of the stageplay A Solder's Play about the causes and aftermath of the murder of a black sergeant in the 40's. The script and characters are engaging and thoughtful, but a film adaptation of a play is always a tricky proposition, as they rarely feel cinematic and director Norman Jewison doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. The story itself is oddly reminiscent of Mart…

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  • Jeremie Richard

    ★★½ Watched by Jeremie Richard 23 Sep, 2015

    Norman Jewison's A Solder's Story is a film that was something of a big deal at the time of its release in 1984 but it's a film that's reputation has faded over time and it's not difficult to understand why. It's a pretty standard issue 1980's awards bait fluff piece. It's not a bad film per say just a wholly unremarkable one. The film's screenplay is written by Charles Fuller based on his own play. It's the story of an…

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  • tokyo5

    ★★★½ Watched by tokyo5 22 Aug, 2015

    In 1944, a black U.S. soldier is murdered just off-base in segregated Louisiana. The lead investigator is a black Army officer sent in by Washington DC who meets resistance as he tries to find the murderer(s).

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  • James Wade

    ★★★½ Watched by James Wade 13 May, 2015

    I've never seen Adolph Caesar before and wow! He's fantastic in this movie. It's great to watch him and Denzel verbally go head to head in a particularly charged scene and his character offered a sad perspective on race relations.

    The white characters' racism seems a bit cartoonish at times (though maybe that's accurate to the times), but it's an interesting story and, having been adapted from a play, gives the characters a lot of room to interact and plays out slowly and deliberately.

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  • Frankie_L4_87

    ★★★½ Added by Frankie_L4_87

    An African American soldier, drunk on leave, is murdered in mid 1940s Louisiana... Norman Jewison (a good director) is a safe pair of hands and does a good job with a simple but effective plot. The cast is good and it uses it's southern setting well. Worth digging out for anybody interested in America's race history, the south or it's notorious Jim Crow segregation laws. Also worth noting it has a score by Herbie Hancock.

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  • Mynt Marsellus

    ★★★★ Watched by Mynt Marsellus 24 Apr, 2015

    This is a well made detective story with interesting political implications that don't often get dealt with. It takes white racism as a given and prefers to explore the intricacies of race dynamics from within the black community. Its not a great film, Norman Jewison isn't capable of making a truly great film, he softens his content too much. But it is a very good film, featuring three excellent core performances and a whole whack of great supporting roles.

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  • Podcasting's Brock

    ★★★ Watched by Podcasting's Brock 27 Mar, 2015

    The early supporting movie role for Denzel Washington is why I watched this 1984 Best Picture nominee, and Denzel's trademark presence is here to spare in his pivotal few scenes.

    The late Howard Rollins was quite the respected actor in his own right, but while watching him I couldn't help but think what Denzel would have done with his role. In addition to Washington, Art Evans and David Alan Grier were welcome surprises to see in the supporting cast.

    The…

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  • Greg Sahadachny

    ★★★½ Watched by Greg Sahadachny 13 Feb, 2015

    a milestone black prestige picture that really started an era of Oscar-bait cultural examination. great cast all around. Caesar is amazing. the story of external and internal racism still feels fresh and prescient. but many elements date the film, including the music and Jewison's overly compassionate movie-of-the-week style.

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  • lisadoris

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by lisadoris 03 Feb, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I am not a fan of war films but what sets this film apart is the fact that it's actually a film about war. Yes the film takes place during World War II and the prospect of actually fighting in the war is foremost in the minds of the black soldiers we are following. These are men who enlisted but because the armed forces were segregated and not particularly welcoming toward black folks at the time, the men were restricted…

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