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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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Adventures of an all-African-American cavalry unit assigned to the post-Civil War Southwest to protect settlers from Commanche and Apache warriors.

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: John Beck, Stan Shaw, Richard Lawson
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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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Official Sites:

TNT

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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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

Sgt. Wyatt: When an enemy praises an enemy, the smart man listens.
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enjoyable yet irritating
16 March 2011 | by frayjay_1234See all my reviews

This film may be a tribute to the African American soldiers but at times it is almost racist. All white men are portrayed as evil while all buffalo soldiers are noble. Even the scout is a black Seminole which is not historically accurate as most scouts at this time were recruited from reservation apaches. the movie also has African American soul music playing over some of the scenes. the movie itself is exciting and a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon but it gets bogged down in the trumpeting of the black soldiers as 'nobler' than their white counterparts.

if you want a realistic portrayal of the Apache wars watch 'Ulzana's Raid' with Burt Lancaster or 'The Missing' with Tommy Lee Jones

Overall i found this movie enjoyable but irritating at times. it is full of 1990's political correctness but could do with this being played down a bit.


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