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A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

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1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. But outside of Stuttgart, West Germany, at Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood's a lovable rogue, a conscript who's managed to turn his military servitude into a blossoming network of black market deals, more out of boredom than ambition. Officially, there's his day job as battalion secretary to the inept but caring Commander Wallace Berman. On the side, there's everything from selling the locals stolen Mop'N'Glo to cooking heroin for the base's ruthless head of Military Police, Sgt. Saad. When a new top sergeant arrives, with the avowed intention of cleaning the base up, Elwood thinks the new blood is nothing he can't handle, especially after he lays eyes on the top's daughter, rebellious Robyn. But that was before he figured in the $5 million in stolen arms that just landed on ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£113,664 (UK) (18 July 2003)

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$16,263 (Hong Kong) (19 March 2004)
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Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on 9 September 2001. The events that happened two days later effectively killed the film's chances of distribution within the United States. See more »

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In the bar in 1989 there's a Williams "Diner" pinball machine. This machine was first manufactured in January 1990. See more »

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Ray Elwood: [sitting on the high diving board, looking down] Oh, fuck. That's really high. Maybe you get used to it after a while.
Robyn Lee: I think the point is not to get used it.
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The end credits include the citation: 'The red cross emblem is an international symbol of neutral protection during armed conflicts, and its use is restricted by law. The purposes for which the red cross emblem is used by the characters in this film are clearly improper. The filmmakers wish to stress their support for proper use of the emblem, which has saved millions of lives throughout the world'. See more »

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Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)
Written by Josh Davis, Daniel M. Nakamura and Paul Huston
Published by Universal/MCA Music Limited/Mo Wax Music Limited, Prinsa Pawl Music (BMI) and Sharkman Songs (ASCAP)
Performed by Handsome Boy Modeling School
(p) 1999 Tommy Boy Music Limited
Licensed courtesy of Tommy Boy Music (UK) Limited
Taken from the Handsome Boy Modeling School album "So... How's Your Girl"
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A great film at the right time
7 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

It might not be politically correct right now, but this very good indie pic with a stellar cast about a US Army soldier stationed in the West Germany of 1989 comes at the right time. Having served on an Army base for years I know this is very close to what it is actually like being there. Phoenix makes you care about his "evil" character Ray Elwood much the way he did the same in "Gladiator", and Ed Harris as well as Scott Glenn deliver top notch performances. Very well edited, cynical-yet-funny, with a good story and believable characters. Recommended, two thumbs up!


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