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.
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
About the playwright.
About the director.
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film.