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Tigerland (2000)

R | | Drama, War | 24 May 2001 (Germany)
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A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.

Director:

Joel Schumacher
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Pvt. Roland Bozz
Matthew Davis ... Pvt. Jim Paxton
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Pvt. Miter
Tom Guiry ... Pvt. Cantwell (as Thomas Guiry)
Shea Whigham ... Pvt. Wilson
Russell Richardson ... Pvt. Johnson
Nick Searcy ... Capt. Saunders
Afemo Omilami ... SFC Ezra Landers
James MacDonald ... Staff Sgt. Thomas (as James McDonald)
Keith Ewell ... Sgt. Oakes
Matt Gerald ... Sgt. Eveland
Stephen Fulton Stephen Fulton ... Sgt. Drake
Tyler Cravens ... M.P. Sergeant
Michael Edmiston Michael Edmiston ... Hit the Brakes! Driver
Arian Ash ... Sheri
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Storyline

In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, a scene of strong sexuality and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,715, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,692, 5 June 2013
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tigerland was filmed with 16mm film to give it a gritty, documentry like feel. See more »

Goofs

The soldiers in this movie are being trained for combat in Vietnam. The current issue weapon of that time period was the M-16A1 rifle. This is different from the weapon seen on the movie poster as that is an older US Air Force M-16. This can be noted as the Air Force model has a three prong flash hider but the M-16A1 has a bird cage style flash hider which was the weapon used throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paxton: [voice-over] My father said the army makes all men one, but you never know which one. He didn't know Roland Bozz.
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Connections

Referenced in On the Set of Sightlines (2003) See more »

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BARRACKS GUITAR
Written and Performed by Adam Kay
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Very good
2 December 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

War drama that takes place in Louisiana in 1971. It follows a bunch of recruits through basic training and then Tigerland--an accurate portrayal of Vietnam on American soil, before they're shipped over. It focuses on two men--Booz (Colin Farrell) and Paxton (Matthew Davis)...how they meet, become friends and deal with a corwardly squadron leader (Clifton Collins Jr.) and a borderline psycho (Shea Wingham).

A surprisingly non-commercial film directed by Joel Schumacher. He uses a hand-held camera throughout most of the movie and uses digital video for the combat scenes. It works very well--the film looks gritty (as it should) and uncomfortably realistic.

Farrell successfully covers up his Irish brogue and adopts a pretty convincing Southern accent. His performance is just superb--he's an extremely talented young man. Davis, unfortunately, is not that good. He's tall, muscular, very handsome--and very bland. The rest of the cast however is just great.

This film was thrown away by its studio. It had no stars in it, a familar story and was considered "just another war film". It only played a week in Boston! It's well worth catching on video or DVD.

Also, Farrell and Davis have a lengthy nude scene.


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