I was there and its is very close to true!
I was in the Army stationed in Germany from 1986 through 1989 and there
was a day that we called "Black Sunday" when several people on our post
were discovered to have a drug ring going on. The people implicated and
taken away by MPs that day included several officers. My post was known
for being able to get everything from hooker to heroin ON POST! Our
Sgt,. Major walked around with an ax handle tethered to his wrist
because he had been jumped at night so many times! So this movie is not
a joke and is very close to the truth. There was even a second
lieutenant that was murdered by putting him in a wall locker and
pushing it out of a third story window. There was also times when you
could not walk past some buildings or windows if you were white or
black depending on which window and what color you were because of
racial tensions, sometimes you might be hit by a beer bottle by someone
of the opposite color. This movie very closely depicts what it was like
vbeing a soldier in the US Army staioned in West Germany at the end of
the cold war. Hooah!.
A Hip, Subversive Film
This is my favourite film of 2003. Why they waited two years before
releasing this superb movie in the UK is anyone's guess - although it may
have had something to do with its total lack of respect for the U.S. Army.
I'm not sure this would have went down too well in the aftermath of 9/11.
Regardless, Buffalo Soldiers is an absolute gem. It is nasty, intelligent
and hilarious. It is critical of American values, specifically capitalism in
the 80s and it takes no prisoners. This is an outsider's perspective on the
American occupation of West Germany in 1989: Jordan is Australian and as a
result he brings an Australian aesthetic to his work. But it is also a
tender film that is structured around a touching central romance between
Elwood and Robyn. I love their scenes in the pool, it is such a warm,
intimate location - a perfect setting for the heart of an otherwise deeply
cynical film. Jordan is a director of considerable talent and Buffalo
Soldiers is magnificent..