A Soldier's Story
A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, adapted by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black military officer who is also a lawyer 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 in a segregated regiment of the U.S Army commanded by white officers and training in the Jim Crow South, in a time and place where a black officer is unprecedented and bitterly resented by nearly everyone.
In 1944 during World War II, Vernon Waters, a master sergeant in a company of black soldiers, is shot to death with a .45 caliber pistol outside Fort Neal, a segregated Army base in Louisiana.
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|events||World War II|
|keywords||.45 caliber pistol army army base arrest awol best friend black soldier capture claustrophobia commanding officer european theatre european theatre of world war ii internalized racism judge advocate general\'s corps kill ku klux klan master sergeant negro baseball league new york yankees shot to death strike suffer uncle tom uncle tom syndrome united states army win|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|producer||Ronald L. Schwary|
|theme||race and ethnicity|