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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

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A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

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Gregor Jordan

Writers:

Robert O'Connor (book), Gregor Jordan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Noah Lee Margetts ... Rothfuss (as Noah)
Tom Ellis ... Squash
Kick Gurry ... Video
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Storyline

1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. But outside of Stuttgart, West Germany, at Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood's a lovable rogue, a conscript who's managed to turn his military servitude into a blossoming network of black market deals, more out of boredom than ambition. Officially, there's his day job as battalion secretary to the inept but caring Commander Wallace Berman. On the side, there's everything from selling the locals stolen Mop'N'Glo to cooking heroin for the base's ruthless head of Military Police, Sgt. Saad. When a new top sergeant arrives, with the avowed intention of cleaning the base up, Elwood thinks the new blood is nothing he can't handle, especially after he lays eyes on the top's daughter, rebellious Robyn. But that was before he figured in the $5 million in stolen arms that just landed on ... Written by Anonymous

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Steal all that you can steal. A story so outrageous you couldn't make it up See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Odeon Film AG (german)

Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

31 October 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Acemi askerler See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£113,664 (United Kingdom), 20 July 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,977, 27 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$353,743, 28 September 2003
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At a screening of the film on January 21, 2003 at the Sundance Film Festival, a woman in the audience verbally attacked the film during a Q&A period following the presentation. The woman reportedly accused the filmmakers of being anti-American and flung a plastic water bottle. The bottle hit an elderly man in the crowd on the head. The woman claimed the bottle was intended to hit the screen. The man was not seriously injured. See more »

Goofs

In the bar in 1989 there's a Williams "Diner" pinball machine. This machine was first manufactured in January 1990. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Berman: [reading a coroner's report] Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, lysergic acid, deithyl... whatever the hell that is, amphetamines, traces of barbiturates, estrogen. Estrogen? McCovey was on the pill? How could this be possible?
Ray Elwood: Well, he might have taken it by mistake, sir.
Colonel Berman: What?
Ray Elwood: The birth control pill. He might've thought it was something ele.
Colonel Berman: Well, fine, but he didn't take heroin, speed and cocaine by mistake, did he?
Ray Elwood: It seems unlikely, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include the citation: 'The red cross emblem is an international symbol of neutral protection during armed conflicts, and its use is restricted by law. The purposes for which the red cross emblem is used by the characters in this film are clearly improper. The filmmakers wish to stress their support for proper use of the emblem, which has saved millions of lives throughout the world'. See more »

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Mosque
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A great film at the right time
7 December 2001 | by DorthonionSee all my reviews

It might not be politically correct right now, but this very good indie pic with a stellar cast about a US Army soldier stationed in the West Germany of 1989 comes at the right time. Having served on an Army base for years I know this is very close to what it is actually like being there. Phoenix makes you care about his "evil" character Ray Elwood much the way he did the same in "Gladiator", and Ed Harris as well as Scott Glenn deliver top notch performances. Very well edited, cynical-yet-funny, with a good story and believable characters. Recommended, two thumbs up!


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