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Buffalo Soldiers [DVD] [Region 1]

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  • 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.
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  • Credits
    Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The performances are uniformly excellent..."
    Total Film

    "...Enjoyable..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Jordan's film bristles with anti-establishment cynicism..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Adapting Robert O'Connor's novel, director Gregor Jordan slaps us with keen wit and purpose..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Phoenix plays his part with a roguish charm...and Scott Glenn makes a compelling antagonist..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "[With] precise supporting performances by Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, Dean Stockwell, Elizabeth McGovern and Scott Glenn....A movie of merit."
    USA Today

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