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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lamont Bentley ... Cpl. Sea
... Gen. Pike
... Maj. Robert Carr
... Sgt. Washington Wyatt
... Col. Benjamin Grierson
... Andrew Boyer
... Capt. Oren Draper
... John Horse
... Capt. Calhoun
... Sgt. Joshua 'Joyu' Judges Ruth
... Cpl. Eddie Tockes
... Cpl. William Christy
... Cpl. Roseman Lloyd
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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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Sgt. Wyatt: When an enemy praises an enemy, the smart man listens.
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little told American history
16 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the post-Civil War world, Texas Rangers track Apache war chief Victorio across the border to the federal New Mexico Territories. Sgt. Washington Wyatt (Danny Glover) leads the all negro US Cavalry H Troop. He arrests the Rangers for trespassing and murder. Commander Gen. Pike looks down on the colored troops and their command abilities. He puts southerner Maj. Robert Carr (Timothy Busfield) in charge despite his unwillingness to lead them. Col. Benjamin Grierson is a more supportive officer. John Horse (Carl Lumbly) is the native guide. Victorio is on the loose and on the attack.

This is an interesting and little told American history. There are compelling stories to be told. It would have been more interesting to have more diverse personalities in the colored troops. They are almost all stoic which leaves the group rather flat. I would also love to see the other side of the story from Victorio's point of view. Of course, that may make it too complicated. This is still a very compelling TV movie.


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