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The 24th (2020)



Critic Consensus: The 24th might have told its fact-based story more fully, but despite its flaws, it remains an overall compelling -- and woefully overdue -- reckoning with history.

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The 24th tells the incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse at the hands of Houston police officers. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of nineteen men to execution, and forty-one men to life sentences.

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Critic Reviews for The 24th

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

I wish it took some more chances, but it is solidly made.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

"The 24th" means well, and while it, sadly, mostly elicits a shrug, what the film lacks in pizzaz it more than makes up for in educational value, for better or worse.

August 27, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

An important reminder of a dark chapter in American history. It is an unflinching look at grotesque bigotry toward young Black American patriots who only wanted to serve their country...

August 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In many ways, [Wilmott's] classical approach to the filmmaking leaves us vulnerable to the gut-punch of the film's climax and resolution.

August 21, 2020 | Full Review…

While the harrowing second act and the tragic final minutes bring some redemption to Willmott's The 24th, the historical drama is too distracted with showing the brutality inflicted upon these men rather than their humanity.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"The 24th" is a remarkable film; it's also a remarkable part of a body of work that is an all-too-hidden wonder.

August 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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