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Buffalo Soldiers (1997)

Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Haid

Writers:

Jonathan Klein (story), Frank Military (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lamont Bentley Lamont Bentley ... Cpl. Sea
Tom Bower ... Gen. Pike
Timothy Busfield ... Maj. Robert Carr
Gabriel Casseus
Danny Glover ... Sgt. Washington Wyatt
Bob Gunton ... Col. Benjamin Grierson
Keith Jefferson ... Andrew Boyer
Robert Knott ... Capt. Oren Draper
Carl Lumbly ... John Horse
Clifton Powell
Matt Ross ... Capt. Calhoun
Glynn Turman ... Sgt. Joshua 'Joyu' Judges Ruth
Michael Warren ... Cpl. Eddie Tockes
Mykelti Williamson ... Cpl. William Christy
David Jean Thomas ... Cpl. Roseman Lloyd
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Storyline

Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache warrior named Vittorio who slaughters the settlers in New Mexico. The film examines the racial tensions that existed between the black soldiers and some of the white soldiers and the truths about the Indian invaders. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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From slaves to free men. From free men to soldiers. From soldiers to legends.

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Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bufalo vojnici See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in southeastern Arizona in and near the Chiricahua Mountains National Monument, this was the actual land patrolled, protected and fought in by the famed 10th Cavalry. This all-black unit is celebrated at Ft. Huachuca at the Post Military Museum. Fort Huachuca has been in continuous operations since 1877, one of the oldest U.S. Army forts in existence. See more »

Goofs

The scene when the soldiers are singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" while burying an officer is erroneous. The year the movie depicts is 1880. Thomas Dorsey, known as the "Father of Black Gospel Music" and the composer of the song, was born in 1899, nineteen years later, and he hadn't written the song until 1932. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Pike: Keep your troops back, Captain Calhoun. Parade regulations - colored companies fifteen yards behind whites.
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Realistic Message About Our Shared Humanity
19 April 2016 | by TeamRocket_JessieSee all my reviews

Anyone who says this is 'revisionist history' is in denial. The movie is about Victorio's War, which was part of the Apache Wars. To see how the Apache Wars ended, see the movie Geronimo (1993). The dialogue is less Victorian and more like Western movies, but it has a lot of jokes that serve to show the characters' personalities outside of their jobs as soldiers, so it works. My only disappointment is that the opening credits run during the best part of the movie - the religious ritual that the Apache are performing before they flee from their poverty-stricken reservation. It strikes me as disrespectful to run credits during any religious content. However, the Native Americans are played by Native American actors and the Mescalero-Chiricahua language is spoken, so Native Americans are portrayed in a positive way, not a stereotypical one. In the movie, the buffalo soldiers variously respect and mistreat the Apache, because if they fail to arrest the Natives, black people in general will look like unfit soldiers. It's simultaneously harsh and uplifting.


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