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Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Despite an interesting premise and setting, this black comedy is basically disappointing

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary with director Gregor Jordan; "Beyond the Iron Curtain" - Behind the scenes of Buffalo Soldiers; Anatomy of a Scene; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French language track.



Buffalo Soldiers
Based on the book by Robert O' Connor, boredom is the plight of the American GI's stationed in Germany in the late '80's. Without an enemy to worry about, they resort to unusual activities not so much to make money but simply to have something to do. Reading books, watching television, even playing touch football and living through the sudden death of one of their own men doesn't seem to make their lives interesting. To replace the adrenalin rush that they'd get in actual combat, they tempt the fates with engaging in illegal activities. Elwood (Joachim Phoenix) is one of the soldiers who replaces his boredom by becoming involved in black market operations with a bunch of his buddies on the base. His specialty is acquiring drugs at wholesale prices and reselling them at a profit. Their illicit activities are carried out in a large lab right under the watchful eye of a mild-mannered but incompetent commanding officer, Col. Wallace Berman (Ed Harris), whose philandering wife (Elizabeth McGovern) is having an affair with young Elwood. All's quiet on the eastern front until a new, incorruptible sergeant, Robert Lee (Scott Glenn) arrives at the base to clean up operations. He's a weathered Vietnam veteran who loves violence and is enraged when he finds Elwood making moves on his rebellious daughter Robyn (Anna Paquin). The black-marketeers led by Elwood go through a series of violent scenes that keeps the base at Stuttgart rocking. There are some riotous sequences, such as the squashing of a Volkswagen Beetle by a tank driven by a stoned American driver. Joachim Phoenix is outstanding in the role of the unflappable laid-back private. This often hilarious dark comedy recalls Mike Nichols' 1970 classic "Catch 22," which was an imaginative, gory pic about the horrors of World War II. Australian director Gregor Jordan has done a skillful job recreating the period and the mood of the restless men with too much time on their hands and too little to do.






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