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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Elwood
... Colonel Berman
... Sergeant Lee
... Robyn Lee
... Mrs. Berman
... Garcia
... Stoney (as Leon Robinson)
... Pfc. Brian Knoll
... General Lancaster
... Colonel Marshall
... Sergeant Saad (as Sheik Mahmud-Bey)
... Kirschfield
... Rothfuss (as Noah)
... Squash
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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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Rated R for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Odeon Film AG (german)

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31 October 2002 (Germany)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Colonel Berman talks about one of his ancestors being the Civil War General John Bell Hood, "affectionately known as the Iron Boar". While Hood did exist, it's not stated anywhere else that his nickname was the Iron Boar, so the screenwriters probably made it up. In the novel it was Francis "the Swamp Fox" Marion, but Gregor Jordan found out from Heath Ledger that the main character of The Patriot (2000) (which was being made at the time) was based on Marion. Jordan thought that if The Patriot became as successful as Braveheart (1995) that suddenly everyone would know about Marion and it would spoil the joke, that Berman's military ancestor is not very well known. So Jordan researched other American generals, and used Hood instead. See more »

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Elwood disables the girl's car by disconnecting the battery link, but when she tries to start it you can hear the car turn over. If the battery was disconnected there would have been no response from the engine at all. Elwood doesnt have a wrench to disconnect the battery. He pulls the distributor cap wire. Then the car can turn over without starting. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Berman: When was the last time you even held a rifle? Do you even know which end the fucking bullets come out? Why, in your opinion, was it a good idea to challenge Marshall to a training exercise when you're Supply and he's Infantry?
Colonel Berman: You're the one who told me I should go on the attack.
Mrs. Berman: Right, I said attack, I didn't say fall on your own sword!
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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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Held Down
Written by Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason, Kelvin Mercer, Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier
Published by Daisy Age Music/T-Girl Music L.L.C. (BMI) and Warner/Chappell Music Limited
Contains interpolations from the composition "Ah! Melody"
Written by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Limited on behalf of Warner/Chappell Music France S.A. and Melody Nelson Publishing
Performed by De La Soul featuring CeeLo Green
Produced by Pos
(p) 2001 Tommy Boy Music Limited
Licensed courtesy of Tommy Boy Music (UK) Limited
Taken from the De La Soul album "Art Official Intelligence: Bionix"
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I was there and its is very close to true!
12 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was in the Army stationed in Germany from 1986 through 1989 and there was a day that we called "Black Sunday" when several people on our post were discovered to have a drug ring going on. The people implicated and taken away by MPs that day included several officers. My post was known for being able to get everything from hooker to heroin ON POST! Our Sgt,. Major walked around with an ax handle tethered to his wrist because he had been jumped at night so many times! So this movie is not a joke and is very close to the truth. There was even a second lieutenant that was murdered by putting him in a wall locker and pushing it out of a third story window. There was also times when you could not walk past some buildings or windows if you were white or black depending on which window and what color you were because of racial tensions, sometimes you might be hit by a beer bottle by someone of the opposite color. This movie very closely depicts what it was like vbeing a soldier in the US Army staioned in West Germany at the end of the cold war. Hooah!


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