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Tigerland -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Ross Klavan (written by) &
Michael McGruther (written by)
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The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not exactly original but an engaging drama based on real life experience, gritty atmosphere and some good performances See more (152 total) »


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Colin Farrell ... Pvt. Roland Bozz

Matthew Davis ... Pvt. Jim Paxton

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Pvt. Miter

Tom Guiry ... Pvt. Cantwell (as Thomas Guiry)

Shea Whigham ... Pvt. Wilson

Russell Richardson ... Pvt. Johnson

Nick Searcy ... Capt. Saunders

Afemo Omilami ... SFC Ezra Landers

James MacDonald ... Staff Sgt. Thomas (as James McDonald)

Keith Ewell ... Sgt. Oakes

Matt Gerald ... Sgt. Eveland
Stephen Fulton ... Sgt. Drake

Tyler Cravens ... M.P. Sergeant
Michael Edmiston ... Hit the Brakes! Driver

Arian Ash ... Sheri
Haven Gaston ... Claudia

Michael Shannon ... Sgt. Filmore

Roger Floyd ... Dead Truck Driver
Ronnie Schafer ... Bartender
Frances Taylor ... Bargirl
Matt White ... Sniffling Soldier
Christy McKee ... Hooker #1
James Lessick Jr. ... Hobo Vet
Daniel Martin ... Range Officer

Marc Macaulay ... Tigerland CO (as Marc MacCaulay)

Cole Hauser ... Staff Sgt. Cota
Nubia ... Girl with Bandana
Jack Newman ... Sgt. Gordon

Neil Brown Jr. ... Kearns (as Neil Brown)

Tory Kittles ... Ryan
Rhynell Brumfield ... Dickson
Chris Huvane ... Barnes
Shamari Lewis ... Lukins

Dane Northcutt ... Hicks

Gerald Jackson Jr. ... New Orleans Drag Queen
Karolyn Arnold ... Hooker #2

Jonathan Hill ... Drew

Jeff Hephner ... McManus
Drew Gardner ... Drunk Nixon
Dennis T. Benatar ... Sergeant at Gate to Tigerland (as Dennis Benatar)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Brooks ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Kurt Gant ... 2nd Platoon Soldier (uncredited)
Anghus Houvouras ... Soldier (uncredited)
Shawn LeNoble ... 2nd Platoon Soldier (uncredited)

Michael McGruther ... 2nd Platoon Soldier Coogan (uncredited)
Robert M. Perez ... Squad Member Wilson (uncredited)
Rachelle Short ... (uncredited)
Garnet Tipton ... Private Hayes (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
Writing credits
Ross Klavan (written by) &
Michael McGruther (written by)

Produced by
Beau Flynn .... producer
Steven Haft .... producer
Ted Kurdyla .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Eli Richbourg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique 
Film Editing by
Mark Stevens 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Andrew Laws 
Art Direction by
Stephanie Girard 
Set Decoration by
Shawn R. McFall 
Costume Design by
Thomas Stokes 
Makeup Department
Rodger Jacobs .... key makeup artist
Gunnar Swanson .... key hair stylist
Production Management
John A. Machione .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Keith Maitland .... dga trainee
Eli Richbourg .... second unit director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Balling .... scenic artist
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Herman McEachin .... propmaker
Alan S. Reynolds .... charge scenic artist
Dan Wilkerson .... set dresser
Jim S. Williams .... lead man
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Paul Curtis .... supervising sound editor
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Jay Meagher .... production sound mixer
Nancy Nugent .... foley editor
Andy Peach .... sound recordist
Randy Pease .... boom operator
Aaron Rihel .... additional sound recordist
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
Ann Scibelli .... supervising sound effects editor
Dan Scolnik .... foley cue
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
James Wright .... Dolby Sound Consultant
Michael Mullane .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Damien .... special effects technician
Henry Dando .... special effects technician
Michael E. Doyle .... special effects foreman
Kevin Harris .... special effects supervisor
Durk Tyndall .... special effects technician
Michael Gaines .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Durk Tyndall .... stunt performer
Durk Tyndall .... utility stunts
Todd Warren .... stunts
Derrick Simmons .... stunt double: Johnson (uncredited)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Todd Warren .... stunt double: Colin Farrell (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Bardin .... key grip
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Kurt Beckler .... grip
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Larry Gianneschi IV .... second assistant camera
Bruce Hazen .... electrician
Kevin Jackson .... grip
J. Steven Latham .... assistant camera
Gene Page .... still photographer
Ken Palladino .... electrician
Humberto Recio .... balloon light tech
Louis Smith .... first assistant camera (b camera)
John Sosenko .... camera operator
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician
Marc Wostak .... best boy electric
John Wruck .... grip
Casting Department
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting associate (as Lindsey Hayes)
Angelique Midthunder .... extras and additional casting
Kimberly Mullen .... casting: Florida
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel George .... costumer
Nubia .... set costumer
Editorial Department
James Durante .... first assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... digital color correction
Ivo Stainoff .... color timer
Dennis Thorlaksen .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Carl Glanville .... scoring mixer
Denise Okimoto .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation coordinator
David Neil Enfinger .... driver
John H. Stephens .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Claire Baker .... executive assistant to director
Dennis T. Benatar .... location manager
Bruce Bisbey .... office production assistant
Karen Bosma .... production secretary
Karen Chesley .... receptionist
Karen Chesley .... runner
Eileen M. Dennis .... second assistant accountant
Dale Dye .... military advisor
Michael Edmiston .... military advisor
Michael Patrick Ford .... production assistant (as Michael Ford)
Jeremy Garelick .... assistant: Joel Schumacher
Mads Hansen .... script coordinator
Joe Hartwick Jr. .... production accountant
Pam Holdridge .... production coordinator (2000)
Phillip Kurdyla .... accounting clerk
David Maurer .... set production assistant (as David A. Maurer)
Michael J. McCarthy .... craft service
Michael J. McCarthy .... key craft service
Eddie Micallef .... key production assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Thomas Parris .... set production assistant (as Thomas G. Parris)
Chris Ranung .... assistant craft service
Judy Richter .... production associate
Ruben Romo .... military advisor
Julie Ann Snow .... first assistant accountant
Mike Stokey .... military advisor
Cathy Twigg-Blumel .... film development
Jedediah Waldo .... set production assistant
Andrew Wert .... armorer
Ithiell Yisrael .... set production assistant
Arif S. Kinchen .... additional voices (uncredited)
Judi Farkas .... thanks (as Judy Farkas)

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Tigerland was filmed with 16mm film to give it a gritty, documentry like feel.See more »
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) (V)See more »


Why wasn't Wilson court-martialled right after his first crime?
Why did Wilson start fighting with Bozz?
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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Not exactly original but an engaging drama based on real life experience, gritty atmosphere and some good performances, 13 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tiger Land is a tough training camp for the US military. In 1971 it is the final step before the squads go to the war in Vietnam. In training before Tiger Land, one squad of young men is joined by troublemaker Roland Bozz, who continues his military trend of dissention and insubordination. However, his actions do not just affect him and he starts to change his ways slightly, but the stresses and the potential for death in Vietnam push all the men to breaking point.

Sold as a war movie, this film is more like the first half of Full Metal Jacket than a full on war movie set in a combat zone. As such it plays more like a drama than any sort of antiwar movie or outright thriller. The focus of the film is the character of Bozz as told from the biographical point of view of Paxton. The events of the film are pretty predictable for anyone who has seen this type of film before - the internal fights, the crazy soldiers, the domineering sergeant majors etc. However it still manages to be enjoyable and entertaining even if it never really feels original or new. It is a pretty nondescript film with no specific edge on it - and that is part of the reason I think it really didn't do that good business when it was released here in the UK. It relies very heavily on the characters to keep the audience involved in the story and preventing it being seen as just a collection of old ideas; this aspect is helped by the fact that it is drawing on original material, experiences and people.

A much bigger part of the characters being engaging is the playing of them by the cast. Farrell is the lead actor and is miles ahead of everyone else. This film is one of many that made him the star he now is, and he does deserve it off the back of this and he is really good here - coming across as likeable and difficult. Outside of him, everyone plays well but are generally in their various stereotypes; aside from Farrell, Collins is the standout role - too often seen playing gang bangers and such on TV cops shows, he delivers a solid character and presents a believable breakdown over the course of the film.

Keeping my habit of never paying to see an Schumacher film since Batman & Robin took the last faith in his talent, I waited for this to come onto TV. I was surprised however to see that Schumacher managed to do the film without spoiling it - in fact he came across as rather able! He uses mainly handheld cameras and delivers a gritty feel to the whole film that is fitting to the material. I hate to admit it, but he actually did a reasonable job here and he has now done a couple of films that he hasn't ruined in one way or another! I may have to change my mind about not paying for his films - well, maybe not.

Overall this is a rather undistinguished film but one that is enjoyable as a character driven drama, trading on the usual clichés of the genre. It goes where you more or less expect it to but it goes there and takes you with it. Farrell makes a good leading man and on this evidence he is worthy of leading man status where he has good support.

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