• Tim Sanders

    ★★★

    Director Norman Jewish has never been one to shy away from tackling the issue os race, and he has done so in three very different films that look at the subject at very different points in our history. "A Soldier's Story" takes place during the 1940s and examines a time when the citizens and the military in our country were getting used to the idea of black soldiers and black officers, and while a lot of this fees familiar, it…

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  • Matt Raymond

    ★★★½

    The performances are good, mostly staying true to the play. Things about it were dated though. Especially the music and the lighting. That 80’s look in movies always looks so cheap. Adolph Caesar was so good as the cruel Sergeant Waters. Everyone else is good too, but Caesar had the most complex role and as cruel as he was I sort of understood him.

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  • Matthew Rice

    ★★★★½

    Powerful and engrossing watch that takes a unique look at racism within the black community as well as from the southern white 1940's side. It's based on a play and, while you can get that feel, it never feels too bound by it's stage origins. And wow, the music and a few of the songs are fantastic! Tried to find them on any kind of music service afterwards but no joy...I guess they'll be lost to time.

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  • Josh Murray

    ★★★½

    Wait, why didn't this spark an Oscar movie with an all-black cast this good every year?

    MVP: Denzel Washington

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  • GarrickD

    ★★★★

    Mesmerizing and engrossing.

    I expected a film that would take me back to that MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS/HBO drama era of filmed plays and things that felt a little stagey, but dynamically watchable all the same. And it is that, but a bit fuller and more opened up than I'd expected, regarding setting, place and time (the segregated south, post WWII).

    I also expected more of a Denzel Washington vehicle, but the film belongs more to Howard Rollins Jr.…

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  • Franco

    ★★★★

    Showed this movie to my students after reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. It was interesting for them to see a story where there was discrimination within the black community due to internalized oppression.

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  • Franco

    ★★★★

    Told through a series of flashbacks I could tell early on that this was based on a play. The film is a series of conversations where a character's background starts to become clear. His motives, enemies and complexities all come to a head. The movie is more than a WWII segregation era murder mystery where the investigator cannot get the cooperation his rank deserves. It's that but so much more. The black characters are fully drawn and do not fall…

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  • Mario

    ★★

    De las muchas películas sobre el mismo tema cuya única ventaja es ver a Denzel Washington joven.

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  • Cliff Galiher

    ★★★½

    SAW: at home

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  • anne_f_

    ★★★½

    Set in Louisiana in 1944 we see the search for the murderer of a sergeant in a group of coloured soldiers. The man sent to investigate is a black officer (Howard Ellsworth Rollins, Jr.) who will have to deal with entrenched racism and hostility. To me the film didn't feel as if it was really 1944, I can't put my finger on why, but that made it difficult to believe in the story told which was a pity.

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  • Not Pauline Kael

    This tense, wholehearted combination of melodrama and psychodrama is set in and around an Army base in Louisiana in 1944. A black drillmaster, Sergeant Waters (played, in flashbacks, by Adolph Caesar), has been murdered, and a black lawyer, Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.)--the first black commissioned officer ever to be seen in this part of the country--has been sent down from Washington, D.C., to investigate. Charles Fuller (who did the adaptation of his A Soldier's Play) uses the structure…

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  • Jeff King

    ★★★★

    Very strong Oscar entry that I knew nothing about going in. Also included a lot of actors I wasn't familiar with or who were very early in their careers. Fascinating to see Denzel and David Alan Grier in this so far back.

    A harsh look at the nature of race in the military during World War II (and race more generally), a black non-commissioned officer is killed, and a black captain is called in to investigate. The captain, played extremely…

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