With Howard Rollins, Adolph Caesar, David Alan Grier, Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, Wings Hauser, William Allen Young, Dennis Lipscomb, Art Evans, David Harris, Larry Riley, Patti LaBelle, John Hancock, Trey Wilson, Scott Paulin, Patricia Brandkamp, Carl Dreher, Vaughn Reeves, Robert Tyler, Pat Grabe
A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black officer is sent to investigate the murder of a black sergeant in Louisiana near the end of World War II. It is a story about racism and segregation in a black U.S Army regiment with white officers deep in the Jim Crow South, in a time and place where a black officer is unprecedented and bitterly resented by nearly everyone.
The film was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival. It won the New York Drama Critics Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater Club Award, and three Village Voice Obie Awards. It won the Golden Prize at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards: for Best Picture, Supporting Actor, and Screenplay Adaptation.