Soldiers of Change
Part war movie, part love story, “Soldiers of Change” follows a young man as he moves towards adulthood in the midst of the tumultuous 1960s. He falls in love with an African-American woman, which results in difficulties for both of them.
This is a film which portrays a father’s change from his bigotry to an attitude of acceptance. During the unrest of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Randy, who is white, falls in love with Hallie, who is African-American. Thomas Ayres (Clifton Davis), Hallie’s uncle, works for Randy’s father, Randolph Barrington lll, and approves of the couple’s love. When Randy’s father condemns the relationship, Lincoln tells him, “To hell with you, sir.” However, he and Mr. Barrington do make amends in the end, and there is forgiveness displayed.
Randy’s father insists on his son attending West Point, against his will. Eventually Randy and Hallie are married, but things begin to look grim as Randy is drafted and is soon airborne for Vietnam. The story does have some redeeming values including some changes in Randy’s father, but one questionable scene should be mentioned: Randy and Hallie and Randy’s friend, who have been helping them make a stand for civil rights, all spend the night in a motel. In the morning it shows Randy and Hallie lying on the bed, fully clothed. It is not evident they had a sexual relationship and they soon marry. This movie’s storyline, which deals with the acceptance of others who are different in race is realistically told, and due to its important topic which is handled with care, it is approved for ages twelve and up.