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Buffalo Soldiers -- Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, Gladiator) leads an all-star cast in a wickedly funny comedy that entertains in the edgy tradition of Pulp Fiction! A U.S. soldier with nothing to fight but boredom as the Cold War winds down, Ray Elwood (Phoenix) enjoys the rush of trading anything he can get his hands on in West Germany's booming black-market.
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Buffalo Soldiers -- A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

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Writers:
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Release Date:
31 October 2002 (Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
War is hell... but peace is f*#!%!! boring. See more »
Plot:
A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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(79 articles)
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Good story with good performances See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joaquin Phoenix ... Ray Elwood

Ed Harris ... Colonel Berman

Scott Glenn ... Sergeant Lee

Anna Paquin ... Robyn Lee

Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Berman

Michael Peña ... Garcia

Leon ... Stoney (as Leon Robinson)

Gabriel Mann ... Pfc. Brian Knoll

Dean Stockwell ... General Lancaster

Brian Delate ... Colonel Marshall

Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Sergeant Saad (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)

Amani Gethers ... Kirschfield
Noah Lee Margetts ... Rothfuss (as Noah)

Tom Ellis ... Squash

Kick Gurry ... Video

Haluk Bilginer ... The Turk

Idris Elba ... Kimborough

Glenn Fitzgerald ... Hicks

James 'Kimo' Wills ... Walters (as Kimo Wills)

Enoch Frost ... Johnnie
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Colonel Armstrong
Roger Griffiths ... Simmons

Alexis Rodney ... Parsons McCovey
Josef Ostendorf ... Herman
Tom George ... Nerdy Young Soldier
Lars Rudolph ... Courier
Paul Conway ... Frank
Martin Cole ... MP
Ilhani Terzi ... Davood
Alexander Theodossiadis ... Bouncer

Derek Lea ... Truck Driver #1
Mark Anthony Newman ... Truck Driver #2 (as Mark Newman)

David Crow ... Private
Jason Rayford ... Young Soldier
Gary Washington ... Sergeant Saad's Man
James Battles ... Sergeant Saad's Man

Leon Deavers ... Sergeant Saad's Man
Gerald Jacy ... Sergeant Saad's Man
Michael Johnson ... Sergeant Saad's Man
John Lovett ... Sergeant Saad's Man
Antonio Ruffin ... Sergeant Saad's Man
Glenn Stephens ... Sergeant Saad's Man
Terrence Packer ... Sergeant Saad's Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Dean ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Robert Hatch ... Officer at Party (uncredited)

Shawn C Smith ... 1st Lieutenant at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregor Jordan 
 
Writing credits
Robert O'Connor (book)

Gregor Jordan (screenplay) and
Eric Weiss (screenplay) (as Eric Axel Weiss) &
Nora Maccoby (screenplay)

Produced by
Bobby Allen .... associate producer
Chris Chrisafis .... co-executive producer
Rainer Grupe .... producer
Oliver Huzly .... co-producer
Amy Kaufman .... associate producer
Reinhard Klooss .... executive producer
Kai May .... co-executive producer
Ariane Moody .... producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Douglas R. Stone .... co-executive producer (as Douglas Stone)
Chris Thompson .... co-producer
Paul Webster .... executive producer
James Wilson .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Holmes 
 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lee Smith 
 
Casting by
Abi Cohen 
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
Annie Teague 
 
Production Design by
Steven Jones-Evans 
 
Art Direction by
Christoph Simons 
Frank Walsh (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Judy Farr 
Olaf Lemitz 
 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux  (as Odile Dicks Mireaux)
 
Makeup Department
Sandra Grimmer .... makeup artist
Fae Hammond .... chief hair designer
Fae Hammond .... chief makeup designer
Sharon Martin .... makeup artist
Pebbles .... makeup artist
Pebbles Robertson .... hair stylist
Astrid Schikorra .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Neil Grimshaw .... post-production supervisor
Peter McAleese .... executive in charge of production
Claus Meding .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... first assistant director
Sean Clayton .... key second assistant director
Kate Dennis .... second unit director
Andreas Meszaros .... third assistant director
Fletcher Rodley .... third assistant director
Gregor Stitzl .... crowd assistant director
 
Art Department
Graham Caulfield .... drapes
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Hannah Coupland .... production buyer
Roger Holden .... dressing props
Jason Knox-Johnston .... stand-by art director
Tam Morris .... storyboard artist
Raymond Perry .... property master
Sarah Stuart .... art department assistant
Thomas Jones .... foam technician (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... supervising sound editor
Gordon Brown .... additional dialogue adr editor
Colin Cooper .... foley mixer
Jonathan Cronin .... foley editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Laurent Friob .... assistant sound editor
Matthew Gough .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Steve Hancock .... studio sound technician
Graham Headicar .... additional sound effects editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Martin Müller .... sound mixer
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Prestwood-Smith)
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam Southwick .... supervising sound editor
Nigel Stone .... dialogue editor
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Theodossiadis .... second boom operator
Mike Wood .... additional dialogue editor
Mike Wood .... adr editor
Paul Wrightson .... adr editor
Paul Wrightson .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rolf Hanke .... special effects production manager
Torsten Knapp .... special effects technician
Michael Luppino .... special effects foreman
Endres Löber .... special effects
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Bernd Rautenberg .... special effects technician
Mathias Spannagel .... special effects technician
Thomas Thiele .... special effects technician
Ralf Wetzel .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording
Alan Church .... digital visual effects supervisor
Peter Connelly .... digital compositor
Gavin Digby .... digital compositor
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor
Theano Kazagli .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Diane Kingston .... digital visual effects coordinator
Paul Ladd .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Paul Lambert .... sequence supervisor
Mathias Larserud .... CG artist
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Stuart McAra .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Steve Parsons .... senior data operator
Antoinette Perez .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Foad Shah .... I/O film supervisor
Mark Slade .... digital compositor
Tara Walker .... digital I/O
Trevor Young .... digital compositor
Phil Green .... data operator (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts
Sadie Eden .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunts
Thilo Kudler .... stunt double: J. Phoenix
Marko König .... stunts
Derek Lea .... stunts
Mark Lisbon .... stunts
Sean McCabe .... stunt coordinator
Mark Anthony Newman .... stunts
Ray Nicholas .... stunts
Dieter Pfersching .... stunts
Gábor Piroch .... assistant stunt coordinator
Gábor Piroch .... stunt double: S. Glenn
Terence Plummer .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Tatjana Rosenblatt .... stunt double: A. Paquin
Birk Sander .... safety man
Daniel Seideneder .... stunt driver
David Ware .... stunt wire technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Therese Andersson .... electrician
Gerd Breiter .... assistant camera
Armin Bürkle .... best boy (as Armin Buerkle)
Milly Donaghy .... clapper loader
Sam Garwood .... focus puller
Leigh Gold .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sönke Hansen .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sönke Hansen .... director of photography: second unit
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... grip
Sascha Mieke .... steadicam operator
Nic Sadler .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Sansom .... rigger
Florian Schneider .... assistant grip
Alex Scott .... gaffer
Joy Scott .... video assistant
Sascha 'Sash' Seitz .... first assistant camera: second unit
 
Casting Department
Jaclyn Brodsky .... casting assistant
Robert Hatch .... extras casting
Catherine Huegel .... local crowd casting coordinator (as Catherine Hügel)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Chilcott .... junior costume assistant
Annette Clauss .... additional wardrobe assistant
Kira Hofmann .... additional wardrobe assistant
Maria Kokkini .... additional wardrobe assistant
Colin May .... additional wardrobe assistant
Jane Petrie .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
John Lee .... first assistant editor
Uli Mueller-Uri .... post-production intern
Ben Renton .... second assistant editor
Catriona Richardson .... assistant editor
Martin Walsh .... color grader
Helen de Winter .... delivery coordinator (uncredited)
Sam Mangan .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Derek Harrington .... location researcher
Uli Lorenz .... location assistant
Bridget Irene Pastor .... location manager
Michael Zimmermann .... supervising location manager
 
Music Department
Chris Dawkins .... musician: guitar and bass
Stephen Hilton .... musician: keyboards (as Steve Hilton)
David Holmes .... music supervisor
Hugo Nicolson .... music editor (as Hugo Nicholson)
Richard T. Norris .... music editor
Jim Watson .... musician: keyboards
 
Transportation Department
Steven Brigden .... transport co-ordinator
Cornelius Gladewitz .... unit driver
Jan Corin Wolfgang Kitanoff .... driver: Ed Harris
Olaf Lemitz .... driver
Daniel Seideneder .... picture car coordinator
Alexander Theodossiadis .... driver: Joaquin Phoenix
 
Other crew
Kim Ballard .... senior production executive: FilmFour
Josef Brandmaier .... banking services
Lee Brazier .... Assistant To Chief Executive Producer FilmFour
Michael Edmiston .... military advisor
Jo Farrugia .... production assistant
Andrew Fletcher .... military costumier
Lorraine Francis .... assistant: David Holmes
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Jo Hannam .... assistant accountant
Robert Hatch .... production assistant
Bernhard Janitzki .... production assistant
Ivan Jordan .... assistant to director
Peter Kujawski .... assistant: Mr. Schamus
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor (as Cheryl Leigh-Saville)
Uli Lorenz .... assistant to location manager
Clare Macdonald .... assistant to producer
Paula McBreen .... production coordinator
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Della Moore .... financial controller
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Kirsten Rischmann .... set production assistant
Ariel Rogers .... assistant: Amy Kaufman
Sarah Sher .... assistant to producer
Kevin L. Thieme .... second military advisor
Rene von Bodisco .... production assistant
Martina Werner .... assistant: Reinhard Klooss
Claudia Zschauer .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Richard Chamberlain .... special thanks
Vanessa Langer .... dedicatee
Ian Neil .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality
Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: When Elwood is seen lying by the side of the pool having been beaten up, he is surrounded by splotches of his own blood. These vanish shortly afterwards.See more »
Quotes:
Ray Elwood:Three things I love about Germany: my Mercedes-Benz, no speed limit on the autobahn and a black market for anything I can get my hands on.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Holy Calamity (Bear Witness II)See more »

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41 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Good story with good performances, 23 July 2003
Author: Danny_G13 from Glasgow, Scotland

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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