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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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Sergeant Saad (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,664 (United Kingdom), 20 July 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,977, 27 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$353,743, 28 September 2003
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Trivia

The American tanks featured in the film are actually modified German L1 Leopards. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ray Elwood: So how come they assigned you here?
Knoll: I put in for it. My fiancée is here on base, so we arranged for a transfer together.
Ray Elwood: Oh, how sweet. Who's she?
Knoll: Margolis, Carol-Anne. Private First Class.
Ray Elwood: You call her by her last name? What do you do, salute in bed?
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Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

Held Down
Written by Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason, Kelvin Mercer, Serge Gainsbourg and 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 Gainsbourg 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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A Hip, Subversive Film
12 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is my favourite film of 2003. Why they waited two years before releasing this superb movie in the UK is anyone's guess - although it may have had something to do with its total lack of respect for the U.S. Army. I'm not sure this would have went down too well in the aftermath of 9/11. Regardless, Buffalo Soldiers is an absolute gem. It is nasty, intelligent and hilarious. It is critical of American values, specifically capitalism in the 80s and it takes no prisoners. This is an outsider's perspective on the American occupation of West Germany in 1989: Jordan is Australian and as a result he brings an Australian aesthetic to his work. But it is also a tender film that is structured around a touching central romance between Elwood and Robyn. I love their scenes in the pool, it is such a warm, intimate location - a perfect setting for the heart of an otherwise deeply cynical film. Jordan is a director of considerable talent and Buffalo Soldiers is magnificent.


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