A soldier's story [videorecording] /
by Jewison, Norman; Fuller, Charles; Schwary, Ronald L; Palmer, Patrick; Rollins, Howard E; Caesar, Adolph; Washington, Denzel; Fuller, Charles; Columbia Pictures.Material type: Visual materialPublisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Pictures, Edition: Widescreen presentation.Description: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 min.ISBN: 076782458X :; 9780767824583.Language note: In English with optional soundtrack in Spanish; optional subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.Title notes: $19.99 (g) 4/17/2013 (cw)Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Racism -- United States -- Drama | African American soldiers -- Drama | Louisiana -- Drama | Feature films | Detective and mystery films | Fuller, Charles -- Film adaptations | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Feature films | Mystery films | Mystery -- FeatureCast: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, Patti Labelle.Summary: A black army attorney is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, near the end of World War II to investigate the murder of Sgt. Waters, a black man who despised his own roots.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
$19.99 (g) 4/17/2013 (cw)
DVD, anamorphic (1.85:1 aspect ratio) widescreen format ; 2-channel Dolby surround (English).
In English with optional soundtrack in Spanish; optional subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, Patti Labelle.
Director of photography, Russell Boyd; production design, Walter Scott Herndon; editors, Mark Warner, Caroline Biggerstaff; music, Herbie Hancock.
Based on: A soldier's play / Charles Fuller.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1984.
A black army attorney is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, near the end of World War II to investigate the murder of Sgt. Waters, a black man who despised his own roots.
Special features: Production notes, March to freedom documentary narrated by Paul Winfield, director Norman Jewison's commentary, original theatrical trailer, bonus theatrical trailer.