Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  31 October 2002 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Berman
Stoney (as Leon Robinson)
Pfc. Brian Knoll
General Lancaster
Colonel Marshall
Sergeant Saad (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)
Rothfuss (as Noah)


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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Release Date:

31 October 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,664 (UK) (18 July 2003)


$16,263 (Hong Kong) (19 March 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor. See more »


When Sgt. Lee and his daughter in the car after the Civil War party, she asks him if he wants to kill Elwood, to which he asks her what she's talking about. She says, "Do you?" However, her lips do not move when saying that line. See more »


Ray Elwood: I'm a natural enemy of guys like your dad, mostly because I don't give a shit about the army.
Robyn Lee: If you don't give a shit, why'd you join?
Ray Elwood: I didn't exactly have much of a say in the matter. I got caught stealing a car and the judge gave me a choice - either 6 months in prison or 3 years in the army. So I made the mistake of choosing the army.
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Held Down
Written by Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason, Kelvin Mercer, Serge Gainsborough,
Jean-Claude Vannier
Published by Daisy Age Music/T-Girl Music L.L.C. (BMI) and Warner/Chappell Music Limited
Contains interpolations from the composition "Ah! Melody"
Written by Serge Gainsborough and Jean-Claude Vannier
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Limited on behalf of Warner/Chappell Music France S.A. and Melody Nelson Publishing
Performed by De La Soul featuring CeeLo Green
Produced by Pos
(p) 2001 Tommy Boy Music Limited
Licensed courtesy of Tommy Boy Music (UK) Limited
Taken from the De La Soul album "Art Official Intelligence: Bionix"
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I was there and its is very close to true!
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was in the Army stationed in Germany from 1986 through 1989 and there was a day that we called "Black Sunday" when several people on our post were discovered to have a drug ring going on. The people implicated and taken away by MPs that day included several officers. My post was known for being able to get everything from hooker to heroin ON POST! Our Sgt,. Major walked around with an ax handle tethered to his wrist because he had been jumped at night so many times! So this movie is not a joke and is very close to the truth. There was even a second lieutenant that was murdered by putting him in a wall locker and pushing it out of a third story window. There was also times when you could not walk past some buildings or windows if you were white or black depending on which window and what color you were because of racial tensions, sometimes you might be hit by a beer bottle by someone of the opposite color. This movie very closely depicts what it was like vbeing a soldier in the US Army staioned in West Germany at the end of the cold war. Hooah!

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