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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

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

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Stoney (as Leon Robinson)
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Pfc. Brian Knoll
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General Lancaster
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Colonel Marshall
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Sergeant Saad (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)
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Rothfuss (as Noah)
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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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War is hell... but peace is f*#!%!! boring. See more »


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

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31 October 2002 (Germany)  »

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Acemi askerler  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,664 (UK) (18 July 2003)

Gross:

$353,743 (USA) (26 September 2003)
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1st Sergeant Lee is wearing the shoulder patch of the 173rd Airborne Regiment on the right shoulder indicating combat in Vietnam. He also has Airborne and Ranger tabs. He and the other soldiers wear a unit patch for the 317th Supply Battalion that resembles the 32nd Infantry Division patch, and may have been created for the film. The actual patch for the 317th has four lightning flashes in a water container. See more »

Goofs

Elwood disables the girl's car by disconnecting the battery link, but when she tries to start it you can hear the car turn over. If the battery was disconnected there would have been no response from the engine at all. Elwood doesnt have a wrench to disconnect the battery. He pulls the distributor cap wire. Then the car can turn over without starting. See more »

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Robyn Lee: [in Elwood's top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz SEC] How the hell can you afford this car?
Ray Elwood: Oh, I got a great deal. Mercs are a lot cheaper in Germany.
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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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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Buffalo Soldiers (2003) See more »

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Bear Witness
Written by Daniel M. Nakamura
Published by Cherry Lane Music
Administered in the UK & Eire by Global Chrysalis Music Publishing Company Limited
Performed by Dr. Octagon
Courtesy of Mo' Wax Recording/Universal Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division
Part of Universal Music Group
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sadly, this film is pretty dead on
17 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i served in the army from 91-94 and i can tell you that i related to a lot of the themes in this film. i wanted anxiously for a chance to see it, and last night i finally did. i enjoyed it as much as it is possible to enjoy a film that takes some steps at telling a different side of the army. of course everyone in the army is not like the soldiers portrayed here, but some are. at no point did i get the feeling that the film tried to say that the army is filled with losers but like every other segment of society it has its share. it is also true that for a long time the army did take high school dropouts and it was used as a way to escape jail. it is not anti-american, it is a story about bad people doing bad things. i enjoyed it!


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