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Buffalo Soldiers (1997)

Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Haid

Writers:

Jonathan Klein (story), Frank Military (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lamont Bentley Lamont Bentley ... Cpl. Sea
Tom Bower ... Gen. Pike
Timothy Busfield ... Maj. Robert Carr
Gabriel Casseus
Danny Glover ... Sgt. Washington Wyatt
Bob Gunton ... Col. Benjamin Grierson
Keith Jefferson ... Andrew Boyer
Robert Knott ... Capt. Oren Draper
Carl Lumbly ... John Horse
Clifton Powell
Matt Ross ... Capt. Calhoun
Glynn Turman ... Sgt. Joshua 'Joyu' Judges Ruth
Michael Warren ... Cpl. Eddie Tockes
Mykelti Williamson ... Cpl. William Christy
David Jean Thomas ... Cpl. Roseman Lloyd
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Storyline

Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache warrior named Vittorio who slaughters the settlers in New Mexico. The film examines the racial tensions that existed between the black soldiers and some of the white soldiers and the truths about the Indian invaders. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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From slaves to free men. From free men to soldiers. From soldiers to legends.

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Filmed in southeastern Arizona in and near the Chiricahua Mountains National Monument, this was the actual land patrolled, protected and fought in by the famed 10th Cavalry. This all-black unit is celebrated at Ft. Huachuca at the Post Military Museum. Fort Huachuca has been in continuous operations since 1877, one of the oldest U.S. Army forts in existence. See more »

Goofs

The scene when the soldiers are singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" while burying an officer is erroneous. The year the movie depicts is 1880. Thomas Dorsey, known as the "Father of Black Gospel Music" and the composer of the song, was born in 1899, nineteen years later, and he hadn't written the song until 1932. See more »

Quotes

[to a Buffalo Soldier]
Victorio: Why do you murder my people for those who made you less than cattle.
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Connections

Referenced in Moesha: Back to Africa (1997) See more »

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It's nice to see these men get a film about them but the history here is bad.
1 April 2021 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Buffalo Soldiers" is a very frustrating film. It's about a seldom talked about group of black cavalry soldiers who helped tame and protect the west during the late 19th century and it's nice to see them get their due. Unfortunately, late in the film, the writers are very fast and loose with history and give us an ending that is just wrong and never happened.

The story shows the men and how they often were mistreated and mischaracterized by the white officers who sometimes hated them for their skin color. Not all the white officers in the film seemed to feel this way...but the General does and this makes it tough for these brave men. And, as they try to find and locate a renegade group of the Mescalero Apache tribe, he often gives them lousy assingments and seemed to look for reasons to blame their failure on their skin. And the ending....well, this simply never happened which is a problem since the story is set during the so-called 'Victorio's Wars'...and the Victorio in the film and his real life and fate are at complete odds with each other. Worth seeing but seriously flawed.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bufalo vojnici See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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