A Soldier's Story


Release Date 1984-09-13
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A Soldier's Story

A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black officer is sent to investigate the murder of a black sergeant in Louisiana near the end of World War II. It is a story about racism and segregation in a black U.S Army regiment with white officers deep in the Jim Crow South, in a time and place where a black officer is unprecedented and bitterly resented by nearly everyone. The film was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival. It won the New York Drama Critics Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater Club Award, and three Village Voice Obie Awards. It won the Golden Prize at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards: for Best Picture, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay Adaptation.

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Actors & Characters

Howard Rollins Howard Rollins Capt. Richard Davenport Capt. Richard Davenport
Adolph Caesar Adolph Caesar Sgt. Vernon Waters Sgt. Vernon Waters
David Alan Grier David Alan Grier Corporal Cobb Corporal Cobb
Denzel Washington Denzel Washington Private First Class Peterson Private First Class Peterson
Robert Townsend Robert Townsend Corporal Ellis Corporal Ellis
Wings Hauser Wings Hauser Lieutenant Byrd Lieutenant Byrd
William Allen Young William Allen Young Pvt. Henson Pvt. Henson
Dennis Lipscomb Dennis Lipscomb Captain Taylor Captain Taylor
Art Evans Art Evans Private Wilkie Private Wilkie
David Harris David Harris Private Smalls Private Smalls


Russell Boyd Cinematography
Norman Jewison Director
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Mark Warner Editor
Herbie Hancock Music
Norman Jewison Producer
Patrick J. Palmer Producer
Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Charles Fuller Writer