A Soldiers Story

Lists: Drama, Mystery, Crime / Heist, War, Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "In the towm of Tynen, Louisiana, a black Master Sergeant is found shot to death just outside the local Army Base. A military lawyer, also a black man, is sent from Washington to conduct an investigation. Facing an uncooperative chain of command and fearful black troops, Captain Davenport must battle with deceipt and prejudice in order to find out exactly who really did kill Sergeant Waters."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1984: # 0)

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  • Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Captain Davenport)
  • Adolph Caesar (Sergeant Waters)
  • Art Evans (Private Wilkie)
  • Robert Townsend (Corporal Ellis)
  • Denzel Washington (Private First Class Peterson)
  • David Alan Grier (Corporal Cobb)
  • David Harris (Private Smalls)
  • Dennis Lipscomb (Captain Taylor)
  • Patti LaBelle (Big Mary)
  • Wings Hauser (Lieutenant Byrd)
  • Norman Jewison (Director)