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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

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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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Stoney (as Leon Robinson)
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General Lancaster
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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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,664 (UK) (18 July 2003)

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$353,743 (USA) (26 September 2003)
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Trivia

The forest where the tank drives through was planted just for this movie on a green field in front of a real forest. The tanks were not allowed to drive through the real forest. See more »

Goofs

When Elwood looks at Sergeant Lee's personnel file on the computer, it says his date of birth is 10/08/1954. The film is set in October 1989 which would make him only 35 years old. Scott Glenn was 60 when this film was made (and looks it too). See more »

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Colonel Berman: [reading a coroner's report] Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, lysergic acid, deithyl... whatever the hell that is, amphetamines, traces of barbiturates, estrogen. Estrogen? McCovey was on the pill? How could this be possible?
Ray Elwood: Well, he might have taken it by mistake, sir.
Colonel Berman: What?
Ray Elwood: The birth control pill. He might've thought it was something ele.
Colonel Berman: Well, fine, but he didn't take heroin, speed and cocaine by mistake, did he?
Ray Elwood: It seems unlikely, sir.
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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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Say No Go
Written by Kelvin Mercer (as Mercer), Trugoy The Dove (as Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason (as Mason), Daryl Hall (as Hall), John Oates (as Oates) & Sara Allen (as Allen)
Published by Bridgeport Music Inc., Tee Girl Music/IQ Music, Warner/Chappell Music Limited on behalf of Hot Cha Music & Unichappell Music Inc.,
and Rondor Music (London) Limited on behalf of Irving Music Inc.
Performed by De La Soul
(p) 1989 Tommy Boy Music Limited
Licensed courtesy of Tommy Boy Music (UK) Limited
Taken from the De La Soul album "3 Feet High and Rising"
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Bored soldiers good subject for entertaining comedy
1 July 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

American directors tend to glorify their war movies by adding a lot of heroism and false American nationalism. Buffalo Soldiers is a nice change on these kind of movies. It tells the story of a group of American soldiers so thoroughly bored that they kill time by smuggling drugs, drinking booze and fighting each other. It kinda reminds me of my father's stories of his short yet turbulent time in the army. He keeps on telling about all the wrong things they did to have a bit of fun in their forced presence in these days.

The movie doesn't really have a grand message to deliver to its audience, but it is most definitely good for a few laughs. And Joaquin Phoenix shows a bit of the strong charisma he has in store for us in later movies ( Walk the line- the Johnny Cash biography- as his strongest one )


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