A Soldier's Story (1984)

101 min.
Plot  The time is 1944 during World War II. Vernon Waters (Adolph Caesar), the Army sergeant in charge of Company B, a platoon of black soldiers, is very drunk and staggering along a road along Fort Neal, a segregated Army base in Louisiana. Waters' last words amidst his raucous laughter were "They still hate you! They still hate you!" before he is shot to death with a .45 caliber pistol.

When Waters' body is found the next day, Captain Richard Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.), a black officer from the Judge Advocate General is sent to investigate, against the wishes of commanding officer Colonel Nivins (Trey Wilson). While the general consensus is that he was killed by local members of the Ku Klux Klan, others are doubtful, having heard that Waters' stripes and insignia were still on his uniform and aware that the Klan's typical M.O. is to remove them before lynching their victims.

From the outset, Davenport is faced with obstacles. Colonel Nivins will only give him thr...



Art Evans
Pvt. Wilkie
David Alan Grier
Cpl. Cobb
Robert Townsend
Cpl. Ellis
Denzel Washington
Pfc. Peterson
Trey Wilson
Col. Nivens


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A Soldier's Story
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United States




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