• 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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  • Gregory Sahadachny

    ★★★½ Watched by Gregory 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 reportedly contains 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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  • M.D. Perkins

    ★★★★ Watched by M.D. Perkins 17 Aug, 2014

    Despite a few frustrating aesthetic decisions (that awful score!), Jewison mostly stands back and let's the material and the performances carry the film with limited interference. As the film unravels the mystery, the complex inner dialogue on race is teased out and what begins in typically simplistic fashion has moved to a very human point by the end.

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  • Matt Conti

    Watched by Matt Conti 16 Jun, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Decent socially conscious procedural. Made in the vein of Jewison's own In the Heat of the Night except in that the racism is the center of the investigation instead of the conflict impeding it. Not sure I can talk much about this film without going into spoilers, but it is worth watching.

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  • TJ Duane

    ★★½ Watched by TJ Duane 14 May, 2014

    Firstly, I need to say that Adolph Caesar and his character, Waters, is a fascinating at self-hate and self-identified-racial hate. His character is frightening, intense, and completely memorable. His arc is a bit on the nose, but every moment he is in this film is at least vaguely interesting. Denzel Washington, in a very early role, is also strong here.

    Literally everything is a tonal mess that is both disinteresting and noticeably low budget. This was a film Jewison struggled…

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  • washington

    ★★★★½ Watched by washington 02 May, 2014

    With all sincerity this couldn't be a more perfect Martin Ritt film had the man himself made it. The movie itself is a pretty basic chamber mystery with a cool enigma opening all of the wounds that could have lead to the killing. That that wound is a racial one is incidental to the point of being quietly essential. It's such an unassuming and natural way to delve into these problems that its a shame it isn't the usual way…

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  • Andrew James

    ★★★½ Watched by Andrew James 22 Apr, 2014

    It has a little bit of a "movie of the week" feel to it, but performances are energetic enough that makes it mostly enjoyable. I liked the mix of baseball and military along with the traditional, underused "negro squad" all wrapped up in a murder mystery. Nice mashing of genres.

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    It's exactly as
    If In the Heat of the Night
    Had an Army brat.

    1001plus.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-soldiers-story.html

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  • BobJordan

    ★½ Added by BobJordan

    Great cast and one great line. That's it.

    "I didn't kill MUCH."

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  • Scott Audetat

    ★★★½ Watched by Scott Audetat 13 Apr, 2014

    Pretty good flick with a good cast that includes nice early performances from Evans, Grier and of course Washington who is even amazing back then!

    Story is told mostly in flashbacks as a military lawyer tries to discover who murdered a sergeant. The dead man was a cruel bastards, so while it could have been anyone, I thought it was quite obvious.

    It does take a little long to get to its conclusion, but it's not a boring ride there.

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  • bbbgtoby

    ★★★ Watched by bbbgtoby 17 Feb, 2014

    1984's Oscar bait for best picture, a race relations film wrapped in a murder mystery. The tagline for Soldier's Story promises much: "Alone, far from home, and far from justice, he has three days to learn the truth about a murder...and the truth is a story you won't forget." and yet delivers very little that you haven't seen before and even in 1984 wasn't particularly unique either.

    Rollins in the lead role puts in a fine performance, worthy of his…

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