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Buffalo Soldiers
     

Buffalo Soldiers

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Director: Gregor Jordan

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Scott Glenn

 

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Australian director Gregor Jordan makes his sophomore effort with this tale about crooked U.S. soldiers based in Germany during the waning days of the cold war. Special Fourth Class soldier Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) guards against the Soviets while on duty, and rips off the U.S. military while off duty. Handsome, calculating, and thoroughly amoral, Elwood runs a

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Australian director Gregor Jordan makes his sophomore effort with this tale about crooked U.S. soldiers based in Germany during the waning days of the cold war. Special Fourth Class soldier Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) guards against the Soviets while on duty, and rips off the U.S. military while off duty. Handsome, calculating, and thoroughly amoral, Elwood runs a profitable black-market business that operates just below the official radar. He and his associates make drugs to sell to his fellow GIs; steal Army supplies, selling them to a German connection; and a host of other dirty deeds. One day, he and his gang uncover some loot that will land them some real money -- high-tech military weaponry. As they try to quietly offload the stuff, the new sergeant, Robert K. Lee (Scott Glenn), catches on to Elwood's nefarious deeds and sets out to put him out of businesses. Elwood, in turn, catches on to the fact that Lee has a very attractive daughter (Anna Paquin) and sets out to bed her. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
UPC:
0096009777593
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Pvt. Ray Elwood
Anna Paquin Robyn Lee
Scott Glenn Sgt. Robert K. Lee
Ed Harris Col. Wallace Berman
Gabriel Mann Knoll
Elizabeth McGovern Mrs. Berman
Leon Robinson Stoney
Sheik Mahumd-Bey Sgt. Saad
Michael Peña Garcia
Glenn Fitzgerald Hicks
Dean Stockwell Gen. Lancaster
Haluk Bilginer The Turk

Technical Credits
Gregor Jordan Director,Screenwriter
David Holmes Score Composer
Alice Farrell Casting
Rainer Grupe Producer
Reinhard Klooss Executive Producer
Nora Maccoby Screenwriter
Ariane Moody Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
James Schamus Executive Producer
Paul Webster Executive Producer
Eric Weiss Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: The Dull Fight [7:36]
2. U.S. Army's Finest [7:14]
3. Mission Complete? [7:52]
4. Prime Merchandise [5:31]
5. Trouble With Top [7:22]
6. A New Roommate [3:08]
7. It it Worth It? [4:52]
8. Target Practice [6:03]
9. Dueling Boars [9:32]
10. Terrible Timing [5:59]
11. Talking Business [5:14]
12. A Brief Exercise [4:53]
13. Time to Cook [3:51]
14. Fighting Fears [5:06]
15. Busted [5:47]
16. Boiling Point [4:14]
17. End Credits [4:20]

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this movie was a little funnier, you could watch it like "Stripes", knowing it was a farce. However, placing it in historical perspective and adding social commentary transforms it into a very, very bad insult to the military. I grew up on bases in Germany at the time depicted in this movie, and am extremely insulted and upset by the portrayal of people similar to my parents, my siblings who were active-duty at the time, and the soldiers serving with them. Gee, what's next? -- a portrayal of the founding fathers as drunken, racist crackers? Maybe something about gay white-trash cowboys oh, I guess that's "Bareback Mountain". I'm really upset that this movie seeks to show officers as inept, NCOs as corrupt, and enlisted personnel as criminal, and blatantly claims that it is depicting dramatized reality. Had they attempted to show this as a worst-case scenario, I would not react like this. But this movie genuinely tries to convey the impression that, "that the way it is".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was excellent. I enjoyed the dark comedy, and the portrayal of a likeable main character, without him being a typical hero, or hero at all, really. Even if you don't particularly like the way the military is depicted, the acting is phenomenal, especially on the part of Joaquin Phoenix. I also enjoyed the irony throughout the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I have a problem with Buffalo Soldiers, its because its title confuses it with the elite all black cavalry regiments in the old American West. The two are entirely seperate. The movie got hit hard by psuedo patriots because it was released shortly after 9/11 and portrayed the U.S. Army in an unsympathetic manner. The movie itself is solid and quite funny, if a bit nihilistic. But I can testify as a soldier who served in Germany in 1989, its portrayal of Army life at the time is incredibly, disturbingly accurate. If anything, it pulls a lot of punches. No the Army isn't normally so bad. Not then and not now. But don't let the strident sunshine patriots try to tell you its all just like the recruiting posters. America's soldiers are the best in the world, but they are as human as any and just as prone to cruelty, stupidity, and greed. I recommend it for those prefering black humor. But I would gladly show it to my peers in the officer corps as a useful cautionary tale.