Miramax Films | Release Date: July 25, 2003
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JerryH.Jul 24, 2003
A hilarious good time for a movie about heroin and arms dealing in the army. The director is in full control -- great performance by Phoenix, Ed Harris, and Scott Glenn, great camera work, killer soundtrack (David Holmes and hits from the A hilarious good time for a movie about heroin and arms dealing in the army. The director is in full control -- great performance by Phoenix, Ed Harris, and Scott Glenn, great camera work, killer soundtrack (David Holmes and hits from the 80s) and a deft balance of humor and menace. Check this film out. It should be a hit. Expand
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ClaireM.Jul 23, 2003
It's too bad that most of the press about this film has focused on the controversy and delays -- a focus which has tended to overshadow the fact that it's simply an extremely polished and entertaining film. It's dark, funny, It's too bad that most of the press about this film has focused on the controversy and delays -- a focus which has tended to overshadow the fact that it's simply an extremely polished and entertaining film. It's dark, funny, and wickedly cynical. Joaquin Phoenix is great, and the movie is quite memorable. It'll be interesting to see if Jordan's next movie, NED KELLY, is as excellent as this one. Expand
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NickK.Aug 9, 2003
Amazing that this ever got released. Not as dark as the book but still with enough hard-edges to satisfy. And more humour that twenty other Hollywood produkts. It may not play well in these times of phony patriotism but beongs with M*A*S*H Amazing that this ever got released. Not as dark as the book but still with enough hard-edges to satisfy. And more humour that twenty other Hollywood produkts. It may not play well in these times of phony patriotism but beongs with M*A*S*H and Catch-22. Almost singularly negative among modern films against the military-industrial complex of modern day america. Expand
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KenG.Jan 27, 2004
Mistakenly billed as a comedy, this darkly sardonic look at U.S. army life on a German base in peacetime shows the aftermath of soldiers geared for war without a war...and it isn't pretty. Joaquin Phoenix, in a winning performance, lets Mistakenly billed as a comedy, this darkly sardonic look at U.S. army life on a German base in peacetime shows the aftermath of soldiers geared for war without a war...and it isn't pretty. Joaquin Phoenix, in a winning performance, lets the viewer know from the beginning what this army is comprised of: high school dropouts and criminals. Expand
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BombshellNukealotOct 13, 2005
People don't generally seem to like this movie because it's raw and straightforward - that's war for you...however it has has some overacting and unnecessary 'coolness' added. All things considered this was a really People don't generally seem to like this movie because it's raw and straightforward - that's war for you...however it has has some overacting and unnecessary 'coolness' added. All things considered this was a really enjoyable experience and a movie that sticks to your mind. Expand
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WilliamM.Jul 22, 2003
Joaquin Phoenix does a phenomenal job with his role and does his finest work since "To Die For." His interaction with Anna Paquin is compelling, and his relationships with Leon and the rest of his partners in crime were tangible. While not Joaquin Phoenix does a phenomenal job with his role and does his finest work since "To Die For." His interaction with Anna Paquin is compelling, and his relationships with Leon and the rest of his partners in crime were tangible. While not as fun as "M*A*S*H", the film is not nearly as cynical and depressing as I thought it might be. Recommended. Expand
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JohnstonL.Aug 26, 2003
No Ned Kelly is not as good as this one. Gregor Jordan has done a wonderful job with this film. The film is made by a filmaker, a director, someone who cares about every frame of the film and what is in it, story and image. It is unfortunate No Ned Kelly is not as good as this one. Gregor Jordan has done a wonderful job with this film. The film is made by a filmaker, a director, someone who cares about every frame of the film and what is in it, story and image. It is unfortunate that the media have chosen to focus on the delays because of the 'tower event'. The film is a film and is a dramatization so to those who were there or not one has to remember that it is an adaption of a novel into a film of impressions of a time and place. Mr Phoenix and all actors in the film under Mr Jordan's direction - deliver. I hope the film does as well as it can under the pressures of ridiculous contemporary media and the inherent 'kill it' attitiude of human nature. Expand
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M.WalkerJan 12, 2004
First off, if you think for a moment that the makers of this film are attempting to portray a real experience in the US Army, you must be out of your mind. This is clearly not their intention. Rather, it is historical fiction mixed with First off, if you think for a moment that the makers of this film are attempting to portray a real experience in the US Army, you must be out of your mind. This is clearly not their intention. Rather, it is historical fiction mixed with drugs and mischief. I couldn't wait to watch this movie again after seeing Joaquin in the dismal "It's All About Love." It is quite a shame that this movie received limited exposure. Collapse
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CameronS.Feb 27, 2004
Ray Elwood?s favorite things about Germany are: Mercedes-Benz?s, No speed limit on the Autobaun, and a black market for anything. He?s my kind of despicable sleazebag genius. The film was first screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001 Ray Elwood?s favorite things about Germany are: Mercedes-Benz?s, No speed limit on the Autobaun, and a black market for anything. He?s my kind of despicable sleazebag genius. The film was first screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2001 and was picked up by Miramax on September 10. The next day, everything changed. Months later, we were celebrating our soldiers half-assed victories over sand people. The film portrays peacetime soldiers pretty poorly, but artificially convincingly plausible. Probably the most ?Army-dissing? or ?Anti-American? scene would be one where a tank filled with high soldiers rummages through a festival. Buffalo Soldiers is not intended to be an expose of how American soldiers spent their days and hours during peacetime, nor is it intended to be an attack on the U.S. military. It's not a cautionary tale or a morality play. Instead, it's a biting, black satire that takes full advantage of the absurdity of the situation. Without the draft, many of the people stuck in Germany were there as an alterative to spending time in jail. The unit depicted in Buffalo Soldiers isn't made up of gung-ho heroes, but of men whose lives are all about finding distractions. To be sure, the movie is not a patriotic hymn to our fighting forces. It illustrates an ancient tradition best summarized in that classic Army acronym SNAFU. At a time when the idea of patriotism is sometimes used to stifle dissent, it is important to remember that gripes and disgruntlement and anti-authoritarian gestures are part of our national heritage. I do not approve of Elwood or even much like him, but I think he represents a type, and Gregor Jordan's film is dark enough to suggest that sometimes such types prevail. Expand
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BradySmithJun 3, 2014
Buffalo Soldiers is very reminiscent of Fight Club in terms of its dark style and bleak view on life. It's not quite as good though. Fight Club contained a lot more kinetic energy and more dazzling filmmaking. It is however still highlyBuffalo Soldiers is very reminiscent of Fight Club in terms of its dark style and bleak view on life. It's not quite as good though. Fight Club contained a lot more kinetic energy and more dazzling filmmaking. It is however still highly entertaining. The schemes the soldiers concoct are diabolical, and Phoenix fits perfectly into his witty, sketchy, rebellious character. You become mentally involved in all of their deals, and hope they get away with it all, even though they really don't deserve to. The movie sometimes wallows in its own nihilistic atmosphere a bit too much, and sometimes the plausibility of the characters is stretched pretty thin at times. These flaws make it occasionally feel somewhat stupid, but they're not enough to ruin this dark little gem of a dramady. Expand
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