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Sunday, March 28, 1999 7.9 13 3
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  • Season: 1998-99
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Black Story, True Story, Period Piece, Historical Piece

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Plot Synopsis

In 1944, a segregated unit of black seamen, who are poorly trained and ill equipped, are forced by belittling, racist officers to load dangerous munitions at a Navy base in California. After an explosion kills more than 300 men, fifty black sailors take a stand and refuse to work. They are court-martialed and sent to prison for 15 years. Pres. Truman commuted the sentences after the men had served 4 years.


Production Company:

  • Revelations Ent., Big Prods. IAW NBC Studios

Production Type:

  • In-House
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