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Actors: Reggie Austin, Vernel Bagneris, Marcus Chait, Michael Ciesla, Ossie Davis
Director: Mary Pat Kelly
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema, Military & War
PG     2006     1hr 27min

Based on the true and heroic story of the USS Mason, a Navy battleship manned by an African-American crew during WWII, when segregation was still enforced. Based on the book by Mary Pat Kelly.


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Actors: Reggie Austin, Vernel Bagneris, Marcus Chait, Michael Ciesla, Ossie Davis
Director: Mary Pat Kelly
Creators: Thom Marini, Mary Pat Kelly, Ally Hilfiger, David Shoshan, Sheila Cox, Sonya McNair, Timothy M. McDonough
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Drama, African American Cinema, Military & War
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 05/09/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Little Treasure
tootzr | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Outstanding little film! Ossie Davis is loveable as Lorenzo DeFau, and as narrator, draws us right into the story of the crew of the USS Mason. It is the true story of how the first all-African American crew overcame prejudice and adversity while risking their lives for this country during World War II. The film tells the story very well, and is interspersed with actual black and white footage of the original USS Mason crew. The cinematography is exceptional, especially the scenes shot in Derry, Ireland. This is Tommy Hilfiger's first motion picture effort from his THEntertainment production company. Note there are several cameos throughout the film, including Tommy and Ally Hilfiger, Nobel Peace winner John Hume, and the three main characters who are still living: Lorenzo DeFau, Gordon Buchanan, and James Graham. It is a tribute and a wonderful, uplifting family film. I think everyone should see it!"
Great film and performance by Ossie Davis in his last role
airbag41 | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great story and storytelling about the African American service men in WWII. Finally someone has decided to show the true things they had to overcome and resistance along the way. Great movie, especially for teachers in the classroom."
True Story of a little ship that could
Jean B | Southern California | 05/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First of all, the Editorial comments description needs to be corrected - the Mason was not a Battleship, it was a Destroyer Escort.
We stumbled on this movie by accident and were interested because my father had served on a DE in WWII. It was a wonderfully told story of a truth of WWII that many have never heard about. I was educated by this movie - and found it to be for the most part well acted & also entertaining."
Its about time
Hans Bach | 05/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The record of the brave and dedicated African American service men and women during WWII has been a long time in coming. This film will hopefully spark an interest in their invaluable service to their country at a crucial time in our history. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances and story, especially the scenes in Ireland."