Buffalo Soldiers (1997)


“Why do you murder my people for those who made you less than cattle. ” – Victorio

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Story of how an all black Army regiment serving in the Apache Indian territory dealt with racism while trying to defend their country as soldiers.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out 23 years ago, yet never had the chance to see what it was all about.

While watching The Tuskeegee Airmen (1995), earlier this week, they mentioned these kind of soldiers and it reminded me about this film.

They do a great job here showing the way that these volunteers in the army were treated at a time two decades after the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Act.

These men chose to serve their country and were treated in ways that one could not imagine.

They were heroic in all that they did and their need to deal with prejudice officers and regulations made it even more difficult to serve yet they did so in honorable ways.

This film doesn’t shy away from the controversy of it all and show how some of the officers treated them with disdain while other with high respect.

Really liked the way that this movie shows a contrast between the way that these soldiers were being treated while at the same time, we see how the government policy was treating the Indian nations in a similar fashion.

The cast of this film is great with Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Timothy Busfield and Bob Gunton all giving fine performances.

Bottom Line – Very poignant look at the way that these men volunteered to serve their country despite the way that they were treated.  The story shows the heroism that they brought forth while doing their duty for their country as free men. The film doesn’t shy away form showing the way that they were treated by some of their officers while at the same time showing how other officers were constantly praising the way that they fulfilled their tasks along the way. The film shows a nice contrast between the way that these soldiers were treated with the way that the governemnt and individuals were teating the Indians at the same time. Great cast led by Glover, Williamson, Busfield and Gunton. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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