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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)


$139,500 (USA) (5 January 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though this movie clearly establishes early on that it takes place at the real Ft. Polk, Louisiana, USA (including displaying a big, on-screen, entrance sign at the very beginning), all the sources of film data describing this movie state that it takes place at 'fictional' Ft. Lake, Louisiana, USA. See more »


In AIT the troops are all wearing permanent press fatigues. These did not become standard issue until the mid-1970s. 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 Tory Kittles
Performed by Tory Kittles and Rhynell Brumfield
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User Reviews

Very good
2 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

War drama that takes place in Louisiana in 1971. It follows a bunch of recruits through basic training and then Tigerland--an accurate portrayal of Vietnam on American soil, before they're shipped over. It focuses on two men--Booz (Colin Farrell) and Paxton (Matthew Davis)...how they meet, become friends and deal with a corwardly squadron leader (Clifton Collins Jr.) and a borderline psycho (Shea Wingham).

A surprisingly non-commercial film directed by Joel Schumacher. He uses a hand-held camera throughout most of the movie and uses digital video for the combat scenes. It works very well--the film looks gritty (as it should) and uncomfortably realistic.

Farrell successfully covers up his Irish brogue and adopts a pretty convincing Southern accent. His performance is just superb--he's an extremely talented young man. Davis, unfortunately, is not that good. He's tall, muscular, very handsome--and very bland. The rest of the cast however is just great.

This film was thrown away by its studio. It had no stars in it, a familar story and was considered "just another war film". It only played a week in Boston! It's well worth catching on video or DVD.

Also, Farrell and Davis have a lengthy nude scene.

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