Based on actual events, Proud tells the inspirational tale of the only African-American crew to take a Navy warship into combat during World War II. The ship's first port of call is Northern Ireland, where, for the first time, its sailors are treated not as blacks but simply as Americans. The film stars Ossie Davis-in one of his final performances-Stephen Rea, and an ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors. The plot unfolds in flashbacks as Davis' character recalls his days spent captaining the warship. Proud is a reverent portrait of men in combat that combines adventure and romance in a quintessentially American story.
A former staff member at Good Morning, American and Saturday Night Live, Mary Pat Kelly began her film career in 1970 working with Martin Scorsese on In The Park while also attending a summer graduate course at the NYU Film School taught by Haig Manoogian. In addition to screenplays written under contract for Columbia, Paramount, Tristar and Savoy, Kelly is also writer/producer/director of the award-winning documentaries To Live for Ireland (1986), Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland (1993), and Proudly We Served: the Men of the USS Mason (1996). Among her published works are Martin Scorsese: A Journey (1990), Home Away From Home (1994), Proudly We Served: The Men of the Mason (1995), and Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia (1996). She is currently working on a novel, Galway Bay, for Warner Books.
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