In September and October of 1983, Norman Jewison and the cast of A Soldier’s Story filmed the movie at various locations in Arkansas. Little Rock’s Lamar Porter Field was the site for the baseball scenes. Adolph Caesar would receive an Oscar nomination for his performance in this movie. Howard Rollins had recently been an Oscar nominee for his performance in Ragtime. Future Oscar winner Denzel Washington was also featured in the cast.
Based on Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier’s Play, the movie was directed by Jewison from a script adapted by Fuller. The film was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Caesar in the Best Supporting Actor category and Fuller in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
While the movie was filming in Arkansas, Governor Bill Clinton visited the set. He had also been instrumental in making the Arkansas National Guard and some of the military facilities in the state available. In addition to filming at Lamar Porter, scenes were shot in Fort Smith and at Fort Chaffee.