Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker the Movie

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In 1880, Johnson C. Whittaker, a black West Point cadet, is found beaten, mutilated, and tied to his bed. Instead of seeking his attackers, the Academy sets up a court martial to expel Whittaker, claiming he faked his own attack. Clashes also ignite between Whittaker's defense counsel--white abolitionist lawyer Chamberlain, whose own racism is thinly disguised, and black lawyer Greener, who originally encouraged Whittaker to enroll at the Point. Interesting case but a shallow production. Based on a true story and adapted from the book by John Marszalek.

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Available on VHS
Running time 98 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Period Piece: 19th Century, African America, True Stories, Order in the Court, Law & Lawyers, Justice Prevails...?
Screenplay
Harry Moses
Cast
Seth Gilliam, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, John Glover, Al Freeman
Director
Harry Moses
Music
Terence Blanchard
Producer
Harry Moses, Bob Rubin, Bill Siegler, Showtime

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