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Tigerland

  • Drama
  • 2000
  • Joel Schumacher
  • 96 mins
  • 18

Summary

A platoon of American rookie soldiers undergoes a gruelling test of physical and mental stamina in training for the Vietnam War in 1971. The recruits all have different hopes and fears, but their fragile unity is rocked by the arrival of a rebellious recruit, whose only aim is to get out of the Army at any cost. Joel Schumacher's drama, with Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis and Clifton Collins Jr.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It's hard to believe that the director of this spare, stripped-down character drama also made the overblown Batman and Robin, but Joel Schumacher has a habit of going back to basics. He did it first with Flawless, about the relationship between a homophobe and a drag queen, and here again with Tigerland, about infantry conscripts undergoing jungle combat training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Colin Farrell is charismatic in one of his early leading roles, playing a disruptive dissenter who wants out of the army and who'll do anything to get his wish. Other relative unknowns play the recruits and instructors - mummy's boys and bully boys - who get caught up in the unexpected consequences of Farrell's uncivil disobedience. Determinedly low budget and filmed sometimes confusingly in an in-your-face, almost documentary style, this is potent screen drama with a genuinely real feel about it.

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Credits

Cast

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Roland BozzColin Farrell (2)
PaxtonMatthew Davis
MiterClifton Collins Jr
CantwellTom Guiry
WilsonShea Whigham
JohnsonRussell Richardson
Capt SaundersNick Searcy
Sgt LandersAfemo Omilami
Sergeant CotaCole Hauser
RyanTory Kittles
DicksonRhynell Brumfield
BarnesChris Huvane
LukinsShamari Lewis

Crew

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DirectorJoel Schumacher

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2001-05-18
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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