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
Colonel Berman talks about one of his ancestors being the Civil War General John Bell Hood, "affectionately known as the Iron Boar". While Hood did exist, it's not stated anywhere else that his nickname was the Iron Boar, so the screenwriters probably made it up. In the novel it was Francis "the Swamp Fox" Marion, but Gregor Jordan found out from Heath Ledger that the main character of The Patriot (2000) (which was being made at the time) was based on Marion. Jordan thought that if The Patriot became as successful as Braveheart (1995) that suddenly everyone would know about Marion and it would spoil the joke, that Berman's military ancestor is not very well known. So Jordan researched other American generals, and used Hood instead. See more »
The plates on Elwood's Mercedes change from Euro Karlsruhe plates to old Mannheim plates. See more »
You're seriously out with me just to piss off my dad?
Yeah. Yeah, that's right.
Are you crazy? He's the First Sergeant of your company, he's not somebody you want to piss off. You realise he's gonna cut your balls off.
So, what if stay? There's a chance you're going to lose your balls, do you think I'm worth it?
Yeah, sure, why not?
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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 »
By David Holmes
Published by Universal/Island Music Limited
Performed by David Holmes
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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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