Directed by: Norman Jewison
Starring: Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Cpt. Davenport), Adolph Caesar (Sgt. Waters), Denzel Washington (Peterson), Art Evans (Wilkie), Dennis Lipscomb (Cpt. Taylor), Larry Riley (C.J.), David Alan Grier (Cobb), David Harris (Smalls), Trey Wilson (Nivens), Wings Hauser (Byrd), Patti LaBelle (Singer)
Country: Effed Up American Cinema
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Plot – Spoilers:
In WW2 Louisiana during the time of segregation in the US Army, a black sergeant, Waters, is murdered and the Klan suspected by his company of soldiers.
Captain Davenport, a rare black officer is sent in from DC to investigate, but his arrival brings discomfort. The black soldiers are proud to have an officer of their color, but are also unsure how to deal with him. And the whites are shocked and wary that his determined probe might disrupt the uneasy racial balance and calm that exists in town.
But as Davenport starts digging around, he uncovers facets to the murdered Sgt. Waters that complicate the case. It turns out Waters wasn’t particularly popular among his soldiers for what they perceived to be, desperate attempts at whitening himself.
A Soldier’s Story features Denzel Washington in just his second film role. But personally speaking, Art Evans as Wilkie is the showstealer. He brings a tragicomic element to Wilkie that borders at times on the hilarious.