Cadence (1989)

When a young Caucasian military man is thrown into an all African-American barracks for punishment, he slowly earns the respect of his peers while they all are forced to contend with the prejudicial acts of a racist sergeant. Charlie Sheen,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

There's no real feel for period (the mid-'60s), and that dull Sheen psychodrama doesn't go away.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Emotions in this film operate on a made-for-TV level; they don't engage you.

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Clint Morris

Father and Son give the performances of their careers

Janet Maslin
New York Times

There is no indication that Mr. Sheen ever yelled "Cut!" when he had a chance to send one of his actors over the top.

David Cornelius

The cast builds genuine characters out of stock situations.

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Scott Weinberg

Not half-bad military drama.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A sluggish comedy of race relations from the sappy Sheens, it's instant fodder for In Living Color's satirical Wayans.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A fine look at the racial differences of the armed forces of that era.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Laurence Fishburne is a capable performer, but he's not asked to do much here. On the other hand, Charlie Sheen is unconvincing as his character experiences crises and moral dilemmas galore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
I finally saw "Cadence" while I was visiting my family in Texas awhile back and it was a great movie. Charlie Sheen has to go to military camp for 90… More
Dean McKenna
Well-meant film about the evils of racism is skewed by director-star Martin Sheen's overly sympathetic portrait of a prejudiced stockade commander who… More