A Soldier's Story
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Based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play (and featuring most of the play's original cast), A Soldier's Story. The plot is about a Black Army lawyer (Howard E Rollins) who is assigned to investigate the murder of an unpopular sergeant (Adolph Caesar) at a Southern military base during World War II. Caesar was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and the film received two additional Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jewison's lack of interest in developing anything other than his rather debatable ideological point relegates the film to the realm of moderately competent TV drama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A powerful and arresting drama."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Occasionally preachy, but otherwise intense and provocative racially provocative drama"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"The film really belongs to Adolph Caesar who excels as a tyrannical, vicious and masochistic army sergeant."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Strongly written and performec."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Charles Fuller adapated to the big screen his powerful Pulitzer prize winning play about the murder of a black captain. Directed by Norman Jewison, the movie is well acted but it's too verbose."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Reveals the virulence of racism"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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