Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker


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Synopsis: In 1880, Johnson C. Whittaker, a black West Point cadet, is found beaten, mutilated, and tied to his bed. Instead of seeking his attackers, the Academy sets up a court martial to expel Whittaker, claiming he faked his own attack. Clashes also ignite between Whittaker's defense counsel--white abolitionist lawyer Chamberlain, whose own racism is thinly disguised, and black lawyer Greener, who originally encouraged Whittaker to enroll at the Point. Interesting case but a shallow production. Based on a true story and adapted from the book by John Marszalek.
Directed by: Harry Moses
Producer(s): Harry Moses, Bob Rubin, Bill Siegler, Showtime.
Cast: Seth Gilliam, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, John Glover, Al Freeman Jr.