Soldier's Story

Soldier's Story

Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Director: Norman Jewison Cast: Howard E. Rollins Jr.
Howard E. Rollins Jr.
, Adolph Caesar
Adolph Caesar
, Dennis Lipscomb
Dennis Lipscomb
Norman Jewison

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Overview

Inspired by the Herman Melville novel Billy Budd, writer Charles Fuller created the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play, which he then adapted into this film drama in 1984, for socially conscious, liberal director Norman Jewison. In the racially-divided 1940s, Fort Neal, Louisiana, is a military base where black soldiers are sent not to fight in WWII but to play baseball against other armed forces teams. The murder of a black sergeant, Waters (Adolph Caesar) brings an investigator, Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) to the base. Davenport, the first black officer that most of the men have ever met, suspects that a pair of white men were responsible for Waters' death, but his probe reveals that nearly everyone, regardless of skin color, had ample reason to kill the loathsome but pitiable Waters. The cast of A Soldier's Story features early supporting performances from several African-American actors who would go on to greater prominence, including Denzel Washington, David Alan Grier, and Robert Townsend. The film was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Caesar) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0014381689723
Original Release: 1984
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 6,825

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard E. Rollins Capt. Davenport
Adolph Caesar Master Sgt. Waters
Dennis Lipscomb Capt. Taylor
Art Evans Private Wilkie
Patti LaBelle Big Mary
Denzel Washington Pfc. Peterson
David Alan Grier Cpl. Cobb
Wings Hauser Lt. Byrd
Larry Riley Pvt. CJ Memphis
Tom Howard Actor
Bobby McGee Actor
David Harris Pvt. Smalls
Robert Townsend Cpl. Ellis
William Allen Young Private Henson
Scott Paulin Capt. Wilcox
John Hancock Sgt. Washington
Trey Wilson Col. Nivens
Patricia Brandkamp Ida Nivens
John Valentine Umpire
Michael Williams Barracks Soldier

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Reuben Cannon Casting
Thomas Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Charles Fuller Original Story,Screenwriter
Herbie Hancock Score Composer
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Melvin Jones Stunts
Charles Milhaupt Associate Producer
Patrick Palmer Producer
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Peter Sova Cinematographer
Chuck Velasco Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Warner Editor
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:51]
2. Dead drunk [:51]
3. Precautions [2:04]
4. Captain Davenport [3:06]
5. Colonel Nivens [4:15]
6. Captain Taylor [5:53]
7. Private Wilkie [1:33]
8. Spit & polish [1:42]
9. C. J. Memphis [3:10]
10. Mr. Warm & Mr. Cold [2:48]
11. Private Peterson [1:26]
12. A real big day [2:24]
13. The Mess Hall [9:45]
14. The lesson [3:53]
15. Off the record [2:55]
16. Byrd & Wilcox [3:58]
17. No authority [3:48]
18. Private Henson [1:25]
19. The shooting [6:18]
20. Corporal Cobb [2:37]
21. The stockade [5:54]
22. Officers Club [5:37]
23. Requestioning Wilkie [1:42]
24. Crazy kind of hate [5:19]
25. Awol [2:06]
26. Private Smalls [1:36]
27. Killing Sgt. Waters [5:42]
28. Off to war [4:57]
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:51]
2. Dead drunk [:51]
3. Precautions [2:04]
4. Captain Davenport [3:06]
5. Colonel Nivens [4:15]
6. Captain Taylor [5:53]
7. Private Wilkie [1:33]
8. Spit & polish [1:42]
9. C. J. Memphis [3:10]
10. Mr. Warm & Mr. Cold [2:48]
11. Private Peterson [1:26]
12. A real big day [2:24]
13. The Mess Hall [9:45]
14. The lesson [3:53]
15. Off the record [2:55]
16. Byrd & Wilcox [3:58]
17. No authority [3:48]
18. Private Henson [1:25]
19. The shooting [6:18]
20. Corporal Cobb [2:37]
21. The stockade [5:54]
22. Officers Club [5:37]
23. Requestioning Wilkie [1:42]
24. Crazy kind of hate [5:19]
25. Awol [2:06]
26. Private Smalls [1:36]
27. Killing Sgt. Waters [5:42]
28. Off to war [4:57]

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