- 1 hr 37 min
Cadence is a war drama that was written by Dennis Shryack, based upon a novel by Gordon Weaver. Directed by Martin Sheen, who is also featured in the film, the cast also includes Charlie Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Beach. The story takes place during the 1960s in West Germany. Bean (played by Charlie Sheen) is a stockade inmate in the United States Army. McKinney (played by Martin Sheen) is a bigoted sergeant who scares the black inmates to death. While grieving the loss of his father, Bean receives a 90-day stint in the stockade for beating up an MP. His attitude and tattoos gets him on the bad side of McKinney immediately. For starters, he refuses to call him sergeant. He is the only white prisoner and must also deal with ruffians played by Michael Beach, Larry Fishburne, Blu Mankuma, John Toles-Bey and Harry Stewart. While jailed, Bean is beaten but remains loyal. He plays basketball and very slowly learns their routine. However, each time that Bean tries to accomplish anything, McKinney is right there to stop him. Bean makes every effort to try to get along as best he can, making as many friends of the tough guys as possible. This only serves to upset McKinney more, since he is really against everyone, particularly people of color. There are many conflicts that result in brawls and all manner of drunken behaviors. The men are challenged and then spitefully expected to participate in numerous and unnecessary emergency drills. One man suffers from what becomes a fatal gunshot wound and another is court-martialed. This all leads to many episodes of resentment for the men, especially because they are being punished for their skin color. Since Bean is gaining ground, it only causes more rifts between him and the African American inmates. Soon, there is a point of no return, and a showdown ensues between McKinney and all of the men.