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Buffalo Soldiers
- Joaquin Phoenix

Overview - Joaquin Phoenix stars in this dark service comedy as Ray Elwood, an Army clerk stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Part of a company made up almost entirely of ex-convicts and high school dropouts, Elwood takes advantage of his daft commanding officer, Col.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Joaquin Phoenix stars in this dark service comedy as Ray Elwood, an Army clerk stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Part of a company made up almost entirely of ex-convicts and high school dropouts, Elwood takes advantage of his daft commanding officer, Col. Berman (Ed Harris), by selling heroin and stolen Army supplies wholesale. However, when a member of the company dies and an autopsy reveals a remarkable amount of drugs in his bloodstream, far more intense scrutiny is brought down on the base in the form of Sgt. Lee (Scott Glenn), a tough and savvy Vietnam veteran who immediately surmises that Elwood is the brains behind the base's black market operations. Unfortunately, Elwood has just happened upon the biggest score of his tour and now must unload two trucks full of arms and 30 kilos of heroin just as Sgt. Lee has begun to orchestrate his downfall. Based on Robert O'Connor's novel, BUFFALO SOLDIERS is cynical but not irreverent; it doesn't treat its characters irresponsible and often idiotic behavior lightly nor does it judge them. Director Gregor Jordan has done an excellent job of adapting the tone of the original novel to the screen, and, aided by excellent performances from Mr. Phoenix and Mr. Glenn, makes BUFFALO SOLDIERS a thoroughly enjoyable satire.

Cast List

Eric Axel Weiss - Screenwriter, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Dean Stockwell - American Actor
Anna Paquin - Oscar winning Actress, THE PIANO
Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
Gregor Jordan - Director, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Leon - African-American Actor, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
Leon Robinson - African-American Actor, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
Elizabeth McGovern - American Actress
Scott Glenn - Actor, JOURNEY TO THE END OF NIGHT, W.
Rainer Grupe - Producer, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Robert O'Connor - Source Writer, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
James Schamus
Reinhard Klooss - Executive Producer, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Joaquin Rafael Bottom - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Leaf Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Lief Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Gabriel Mann - Actor
Nora Maccoby - Screenwriter, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Ariane Moody - Producer, BUFFALO SOLDIERS (2003)
Paul Webster - executive producer

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398215257
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Drugs
Live-Action
Mishaps
Military
Satire
Theatrical Release
1980s
Cold War
Soldiers
Weapons
Based On A Novel

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: July 25, 2003 (NY/LA)

Reviews:
"...Adapting Robert O'Connor's novel, director Gregor Jordan slaps us with keen wit and purpose..." - 08/07/2003 Rolling Stone, p.78


"...The performances are uniformly excellent..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.99


"...Enjoyable..." - 08/01/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.59


"...Phoenix plays his part with a roguish charm...and Scott Glenn makes a compelling antagonist..." - 07/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.115


"[With] precise supporting performances by Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, Dean Stockwell, Elizabeth McGovern and Scott Glenn....A movie of merit." - 01/16/2004 USA Today, p.4E


"Jordan's film bristles with anti-establishment cynicism..." - 03/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.75

 
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