• 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.

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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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  • Aaron King

    ★★★★ Watched by Aaron King 03 Oct, 2012

    This movie is up there with one of the best flashback movies that I have seen and instead of them being different from what everybody else has said, they describe this character who has died and by the end of it we see a whole character arc for him because he goes from being a likeable person to a terrible person to a person that you kind of feel sorry for since he changed who he was in order to please people and in the end he lost everybody and everything. Norman is a great director.

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  • Jamie S. Rich

    ★★★ Watched by Jamie S. Rich 18 Feb, 2012

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