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Editorial Reviews

THE USS MASON ENTERED WWII ON A PRESUMABLY DOOMED MISSION. THE ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN CREW OVERCAME THE HARSH REALITIES OF WAR ABROAD & SEGREGATION AT HOME ... AND WAS FINALLY HONORED FOR ITS HEROISM IN 1994.

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  • Actors: Reggie Austin, Vernel Bagneris, Marcus Chait, Michael Ciesla, Ossie Davis
  • Directors: Mary Pat Kelly
  • Writers: Mary Pat Kelly
  • Producers: Ally Hilfiger, David Shoshan, Sheila Cox, Sonya McNair, Timothy M. McDonough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWBKI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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!
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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.
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I served in the U.S. Navy during the Korea war. I know what shipboard life is like. The men on the Mason had it about as rough as it gets. One of the Navy's smallest ships on the roughest seas. They called this an experiment for the Navy. I don't know if the Navy claims to have proven their point, but those black sailors sure proved theirs. Considering the excellent job that those men did the Navy should have manned other ships with an all black crews. I'm white, and a southern boy at that, but we southerners recognize a job well done. And this makes me very proud of my black shipmates. You know the saying, YOU CAN"T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN.
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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.
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This is one of the best movies about World War 2 I have seen. It is a film that makes me very Proud to be a part of this great country. It is the story of a group of African Americans who fought for their country and fought against prejudice in the land of immigrants. It is so unfortunate that it took the United States Navy so long to recognize the valor and courage of these young men. I would recommend this movie anyone who is interested in the History of the our Great Nation, the United States of America.
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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.
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This is an amazing story of several young African American men who help gain recognition to the older African American men who served on a Naval vessel who did remarkable voyages to help their country.
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Another story from our past that makes us think of the injustices that took place then and are still taking place in this day and age. It is just incredible that the African American men served in World War II and fought and died for their country and when they returned home and disembarked from the troop ships and came down the gang planks they had signs sending "colored soldiers one way and "whites" the other.
I saw this in a documentary film I was watching several years ago. I couldn't believe my eyes. It brought me to tears. Not that it makes any
difference but it just so happens that I am a white southern man. Maybe someday, just maybe.
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