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Lorenzo DuFau is a hero. As a World War II sailor, he helped save the world in 1944, and, as a black man, he had to fight to get into the fight -yet his country ignores him...His son dismisses him as a failure...His grandson hardly knows him... Until late one night when he finally tells his grandson, Larry, and Larry's two college friends, Kevin and Marcus, about his ship, the U.S.S. Mason. In the segregated Navy, with the vast majority of black men relegated to duty as stewards or laborers, DuFau and his shipmates were the only ones to take a warship into combat. As they hear the story, Larry, Marcus and Kevin become the 1940s characters: James Graham, Gordon Buchanan, and DuFau himself. The adventure begins as the men of the Mason escort convoys across the treacherous North Atlantic, battle U-boats, and survive the storm of the century. Commodore Alfred Lindt recommends them for commendations, and black journalist Thomas Young writes up their exploits. They do all this while fighting racism from individual sailors from within the Navy itself. Nothing stops them. There's fun and romance along the way...In Ireland, they're welcomed as "Yanks," and Bernie Garvey introduces them to Irish dancing until they almost miss the boat, literally. In glamorous war-time Harlem, shipmate Hank Fields plays sax at the nightclub where Graham falls in love with Buchanan's sister and charms her mother. DuFau loves Collette. But today, history has forgotten the U.S.S. Mason and the young men are determined to change this. Larry appeals to his parents. He's determined to reunite the veterans and force Washington to award the men their long-overdue honors. The young men's struggles form the exciting conclusion of the film.
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Albert Jones, Darnell Williams, Denise Nicholas, Eric Laray Harvey, Jeffrey Nash, Ossie Davis, Stephen Rea
Mary Pat Kelly
Infrequent Mild Violence, Mild Themes
Based on the true story of the men of the USS MASON