Tigerland (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 May 2001 (Germany)
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A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Cantwell (as Thomas Guiry)
Pvt. Johnson
Capt. Saunders
SFC Ezra Landers
Staff Sgt. Thomas (as James McDonald)
Sgt. Oakes
Sgt. Eveland
Stephen Fulton ...
Sgt. Drake
M.P. Sergeant
Michael Edmiston ...
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In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Camino de guerra  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,715 (USA) (6 October 2000)


ESP 4,173,225 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tigerland was filmed with 16mm film to give it a gritty, documentry like feel. See more »


At the end, Bozz is tearing many pages out of Paxton's journal and throwing them off the bus. When the camera angle changes to Bozz's view of Paxton standing and watching the bus leave, there is very little paper on the ground. See more »


[first lines]
Paxton: [voice-over] My father said the army makes all men one, but you never know which one. He didn't know Roland Bozz.
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Referenced in Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) See more »


Written by Willie Lee Duckworth and Bernard Lentz
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Not really a war movie.
15 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, but it is nothing new.

Everyone here is grouping it with other war movies, this movie has been miscategorized! Its not a war movie any more than "One flew over the cuckoos nest" is a asylum movie or "Cool Hand Luke" is a prison movie. This is a movie about individuality, nonconformity, self-confidence and the costs of that personality type.

The plot is the same as "One flew over the Cuckoos nest" and "Cool Hand Luke", its in GOOD company, and it holds its own. Its these movies it should be held up against and compared, not "Apocalypse Now" or "Platoon".


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