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.
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
Directed by William Wyler.
With Lee J. Cobb, Lee Majors, Anthony Zerbe, Roscoe Lee Browne, Lola Falana
The Liberation of L.B. Jones is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Wyler, his final project in a career that spanned 45 years.
The screenplay by Jesse Hill Ford and Stirling Silliphant is based on Ford's 1965 novel The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones. The novel, in turn, was based on events that happened in a Southern town where writer Ford lived. After he wrote the book, he was verbally attacked for writing about the events that had occurred in his town. The motion picture's release added to the controversy, especially in Humboldt, Tennessee, where Ford lived.
The film stars Roscoe Lee Browne, Lee J. Cobb, Lola Falana and Lee Majors.