A Soldier's Story (1984)

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TitleA Soldier's Story
Year1984
CountryUSA
GenreWar (Movies)
CollectionLawyer
Run Time1h 41 min
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In 1944 during World War II, Vernon Waters, a master sergeant in a company of black soldiers, is shot to death with a .45 caliber pistol outside Fort Neal, a segregated United States Army base in Louisiana. Captain Richard Davenport, a black officer from the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, is sent to investigate, against the wishes of commanding officer Colonel Nivens. Most assume Waters was killed by the local Ku Klux Klan, but others are doubtful.

Nivens gives Davenport three days to conduct his investigation. Even Captain Taylor, the only white officer in favor of a full investigation, is uncooperative and patronizing, fearing a black officer will have little success. While some black soldiers are proud to see one of their own wearing captain’s bars, others are distrustful and evasive. Davenport learns that Waters’ company was officially part of the 221st Chemical Smoke Generator Battalion; though eager to serve their country, they are assigned menial jobs in deference to their white counterparts. Most are former players from the Negro baseball league, grouped as a unit to play ball with Waters as manager. Their success against white soldiers gives them a good deal of popularity, with talk of an exhibition game against the New York Yankees.

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A Soldier's Story
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Cast:

Howard E. Rollins Jr. Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Captain Davenport
Adolph Caesar Adolph Caesar
Sergeant Waters
Art Evans Art Evans
Private Wilkie
David Alan Grier David Alan Grier
Corporal Cobb
Denzel Washington Denzel Washington
Private First Class Peterson

In 1944 during World War II, Vernon Waters, a master sergeant in a company of black soldiers, is shot to death with a .45 caliber pistol outside Fort Neal, a segregated United States Army base in Louisiana. Captain Richard Davenport, a black officer from the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, is sent to investigate, against the wishes of commanding officer Colonel Nivens. Most assume Waters was killed by the local Ku Klux Klan, but others are doubtful.

Nivens gives Davenport three days to conduct his investigation. Even Captain Taylor, the only white officer in favor of a full investigation, is uncooperative and patronizing, fearing a black officer will have little success. While some black soldiers are proud to see one of their own wearing captain’s bars, others are distrustful and evasive. Davenport learns that Waters’ company was officially part of the 221st Chemical Smoke Generator Battalion; though eager to serve their country, they are assigned menial jobs in deference to their white counterparts. Most are former players from the Negro baseball league, grouped as a unit to play ball with Waters as manager. Their success against white soldiers gives them a good deal of popularity, with talk of an exhibition game against the New York Yankees.

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