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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The scene in the parking lot where Elwood is tasking Knoll with getting the food for the big cook, was filmed in the parking lot of the US Army Karlsruhe Shopping Center, part of Smiley Barracks and Paul Revere Village housing complex, which had been recently turned back over to the Germans at the time of filming. Directly behind them can be seen the base theater "Minute Man Theater" and while the shot pans around to reveal them entering a building marked "Commissary", this had actually been the base PX at the time, with the Commissary located in a more confined area. See more »

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While making the heroin, the characters eat lots of meat to stop themselves getting high off the fumes. This wouldn't work in real life. See more »

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Ray Elwood: Let's just say cooking smack is like preparing Thanksgiving dinner where one of the ingredients is a hand grenade.
Sgt. Saad: This shit explodes?
Ray Elwood: Kaboom.
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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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Good story with good performances
23 July 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to sum Buffalo Soldiers up. On one hand you have the comedy aspect, particularly from Ed Harris, on another you have the romance, from Anna Paquin, and then you have the violence...from just about everybody. The story is set in Germany, 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is based on a unit of the US army called the Buffalo infantry (Or something) who aren't exactly above board and legal with what they get up to. Truth is this movie really isn't to do with army combat, it's to do with the corruption of the vast majority of the soldiers who'll do anything to make a buck, such as drugs and weapons.

Dark comedy in many places, it seems many have taken great offence to Hollywood's portrayal of their 'heroes' - for goodness' sake don't take it so seriously. I'm jewish and don't care when I see my religion mocked on screen. So why should anyone be offended by this?

It's funny in places, dramatic in places, dark in places and risque. But what it is is a good movie which *will* entertain.


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