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Cadence (1989)




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When a young Caucasian military man is thrown into an all African-American barracks for punishment, he slowly earns the respect of his peers while they all are forced to contend with the prejudicial acts of a racist sergeant. Charlie Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Martin Sheen (who also directed) and others appear in this well-intentioned drama.

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Charlie Sheen
as Pvt. Franklin Bean Jr.
Martin Sheen
as Sgt. Otis V. McKinney
Ramon Estevez
as Gerald Gessner
Blu Mankuma
as Spoonman
Harry Stewart
as Sweetbread
James Marshall
as Pfc. Harold Lamar
Jay Brazeau
as Mr. Vito
Allan Lysell
as Sheridan, Prosecutor
Doug Judge
as MP in Bar
Alec Burden
as Abel Fox
Steve Hilton
as Colonel Clark
Joe Lowry
as Colonel Porter
Lochlyn Munro
as Bartender
Tom McBeath
as Principal
Tom MacBeath
as Principal
Jennifer Griffen
as Tattoo Woman
Deryl Hayes
as MP in Bar
Tony Pantages
as GI in Bar
Douglas Judge
as MP in Bar
Matt Clark
as Bean Sr.
Robert Gazzola
as Bean (age 8)
David Glyn-Jones
as Funeral Director
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Critic Reviews for Cadence

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

There's no real feel for period (the mid-'60s), and that dull Sheen psychodrama doesn't go away.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is no indication that Mr. Sheen ever yelled "Cut!" when he had a chance to send one of his actors over the top.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4

Emotions in this film operate on a made-for-TV level; they don't engage you.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A sluggish comedy of race relations from the sappy Sheens, it's instant fodder for In Living Color's satirical Wayans.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The cast builds genuine characters out of stock situations.

February 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A fine look at the racial differences of the armed forces of that era.

April 22, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Cadence

I finally saw "Cadence" while I was visiting my family in Texas awhile back and it was a great movie. Charlie Sheen has to go to military camp for 90 days after hitting a cop. Martin Sheen plays the role of the sergeant at the base. "Cadence" features one of both Charlie's and Martin Sheen's best performances in my opinion. Charlie Sheen must survive the 90 days in the camp in order to get out alive. He has to go to Vietnam afterwards. This movie will keep you interested while you watch to see if Franklin Bean, (Charlie Sheen), can learn to get along with his black roomates and how he will put up with the sergeant, (Martin Sheen), while he's there. You will remember "Cadence" for the performances that all the actors put on and some of the other sequences such as getting the windmill to work. But you'll remember it even more for the song "End of My Journey" after you hear it at the end of the movie. There's no doubt that it's the best Christian song I've ever heard. If you like movies that deal with the Army, you'll like "Cadence." In my opinion, it's one of the best movies of the decade and one movie you can't miss. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Yet another rather overlooked great by Sheen, along with The Chase and to a lesser extent, Beyond The Law.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Well-meant film about the evils of racism is skewed by director-star Martin Sheen's overly sympathetic portrait of a prejudiced stockade commander who attempts to use newcomer Charlie Sheen to spy on his cell mates, all of whom are black. More notable for good intentions than dramatic power.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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