A Soldier’s Story is a taut, gripping film which features many of the old fashioned virtues of a good Hollywood production – brilliant ensemble acting, excellent production values, a crackling script (adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier’s Play  by its author, Charles Fuller), fine direction and a liberal political message.
Howard Rollins Jr plays Captain Davenport, a prideful black army attorney called into Fort Neal, La, to investigate the murder of Sgt Waters (Adolph Caesar). Rollins’ arrival at this holding tank for black soldiers is cause for racial strife on both sides of the fence – the white officers are contemptuous and the black soldiers are proud.
Film is structured around a series of flashbacks as Rollins interviews the team members who represent a variety of black experience and attitudes.
1984: Nominations: Best Picture, Supp. Actor (Adolph Caesar), Adapted Screenplay.