A Soldier's Story

Director:   Norman Jewison
Year:   1984
Language:   English
Time:   101 minutes

This film is based on the awarding winning play by Charles Fuller which was recently revived on stage in New York.

Deep in the South during World War II a black sergeant is killed while returning to his base. Initially, the white people of the area are suspected. Through a series of flashbacks we find there are tensions between the sergeant and his platoon. A tough black army attorney is brought in to find out the truth. The cast includes a young future Oscar winner Denzel Washington.

The film was nominated for three Oscars including best picture.

Rated: PG.

This is a special presentation as part of Shepherd University's Black History Month program and is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs. The post-film discussion led by Dr. Dawne Burke, Assistant Professor of Education at Shepherd University.


About the playwright.

About the director.

Other background on the film.

A selection of reviews of the film.