This courtroom drama, about one of the first black cadets at West Point, was produced for the Showtime cable network in 1994, and released on video in 1996. Despite strong source material and a quality cast, the film falls flat, as the performances and script seem perfunctory and rushed.
In 1880, Johnson Whittaker (Seth Gilliam) is found in his West Point room, tied up and covered in blood. Though it's obvious that he was attacked, the school's administration claims that he staged his own assault to avoid an upcoming exam. A trial is set; if Whittaker is found guilty of staging
the assault, he will be expelled from West Point and jailed.
Daniel Chamberlain (...