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Buffalo Soldiers (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | Western  -  7 December 1997 (USA)
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Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache ... See full summary »

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Lamont Bentley ...
Cpl. Sea
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Gen. Pike
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Maj. Robert Carr
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Sgt. Washington Wyatt
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Col. Benjamin Grierson
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Andrew Boyer
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Capt. Oren Draper
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John Horse
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Cpl. Eddie Tockes
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Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache warrior named Vittorio who slaughters the settlers in New Mexico. The film examines the racial tensions that existed between the black soldiers and some of the white soldiers and the truths about the Indian invaders. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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From slaves to free men. From free men to soldiers. From soldiers to legends.

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Drama | History | Western

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The scene when the soldiers are singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" while burying an officer is erroneous. The year the movie depicts is 1880. Thomas Dorsey, known as the "Father of Black Gospel Music" and the composer of the song, was born in 1899, nineteen years later, and he hadn't written the song until 1932. See more »

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Sgt. Wyatt: When an enemy praises an enemy, the smart man listens.
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Title implies more than delivered; the subject deserves better.
1 February 2000 | by (Montgomery Village, Maryland) – See all my reviews

From the title, I expected a good overview of the Buffalo Soldiers. Instead, we get a drawn out, soap-opera-ish tale of hunting down a single Indian villain. Since I missed the first minute or two of opening credits, this script may have been pure fiction for all I know. As one complaint, there is no mention of John Pershing's (of World War I fame) association with these troops.

As could be expected, the wrongs and conflicts from racism are well set forth. Nonetheless, the Buffalo Soldiers, many ex-slaves, proudly risk their lives and stay in the cavalry by choice.

The acting is commendable, particularly that of Danny Glover as the central character. Some '90s idioms (the 1990s, that is) find their way into the dialog.

Given the title and the general ignorance (myself included) about the Buffalo Soldiers, this tv movie was very disappointing. Surely, these men did a lot more on the frontier than they are credited with here.


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