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Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Soldier's Story (1984)


A black Army investigator (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) travels to a remote military base in the heart of the Louisiana backwoods to look into the mysterious murder of a black sergeant toward the tail end of World War II. Once he arrives, the investigator discovers an Army regiment and an entire community that, despite the beginnings of integration, is still torn apart by race and segregation. He soon learns that on this base, trust is sparse, and secrets are a currency all their own.


BHM said...

Much thanks for this

Funkback said...

The minute I saw Denzel's face I must admit I thought: What the f**k is this doing here!?! But upon reading the review I decided I'm a give it a chance. The director from In the Heat of the night sounds promising.

Visuals said...

I own both the VHS & DVD prints of this classic. Excellent acting by everyone involved but I must say the most interesting is the role of St.Waters (Adolph Ceaser). I have only seen him in two movies which are this and "The Color Purple" in which his role is equally compelling as he seems to play nasty characters with uncany conviction. Howard Rollins (RIP), Robert Townsend, Denzel, William Young and a young Art Evans are all perfectly melded in the mix and I found it refreshing to see David Alan Grier acting somewhat civilized and not the usual goofy, silly and over-the-top antics that he became famous for in the years to come after this film. Great post.

Albert Butler said...

I am looking for a soundtrack from this film... cant find it anywhere?!! the music in this film was amazing, so im stunned ... at this point if anyone could just find me a list of songs... shhhheeesh

Anonymous said...

heeeeeeeeeeeeeey! i remember this one vividly...i thought that howard was going to be the "new" billy dee and not denzel...i am partial to the dark chocolate...but seriously after this and his role in ragtime! mmm, mmm, uhn! he was a beautiful specimen of maleness and a fine actor! and patti labelle as big mary, yes! small role but i thought i'd see her do more acting as well...oh, well...brings back great memories of the 80's.

Anonymous said...

Great site. Thanks for all the movies and music. Is there any way of getting a megaupload reup for this movie as well as the others on this page. I would really like to see these films and they are very hard to come by. It would be much appreciated. Thanks

Anonymous said...

For Albert Butller ,only two songs have benn released on a Lp for the soundtrack: Patti Labelle 'pourin' whiskey blues' & Larry Riley 'low down and dirty shame'