Tigerland (2000)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: A great cast and the gritty feel of the film help elevate Tigerland above the familiarity of the subject matter.


Movie Info

A young man tries to fight the military system only to find it fighting back in unexpected ways in this hard-edged drama. In 1971, Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell) is a draftee who has been sent to the Advanced Infantry Training Facility in Fort Polk, LA, where with hundreds of other new soldiers he's to be taught a final course in combat skills before being shipped out to Vietnam. Bozz has no interest in going to war, and is determined to get sent home as a troublemaker. But his plan backfires; his … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael McGruther, Ross Klaven, Ross Klavan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
Runtime:
20th Century Fox

Cast


as Cantwell

as Captain Saunders

as Sergeant Landers

as Sergeant Thomas

as Sergeant Oaks

as Sergeant Eveland

as Sergeant Drake

as Sergeant MP

as Hit the Break Driver

as Claudia

as Training Sergeant Fi...

as Killed Truck Driver

as Bartender

as Sniffling Soldier

as Hooker No. 1

as Range Officer

as Tigerland CO

as Sergeant Cota aka NC...

as Girl with Bandana

as Sergeant Gordon

as New Orleans Drag Que...

as Hooker No. 2

as McManus

as Drunk Nixon

as Gate to Tigerland Se...
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Critic Reviews for Tigerland

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12)

This take on Vietnam War doesn't break new thematic ground but it's Schumacher's best film since the 1993 Falling Down, and it showcases the talents of newcomer Colin Farrell, who has everything that it takes to become a major Hollywood star

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Stylistically this is more interesting and more affected than Schumacher's Flawless. Either way, it's a big improvement on his past tendentious nonsense.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even when the script overtaxes the allegory about how Vietnam divided a nation at home, Schumacher and the actors prevail by fixing their sights on what happens to men on that last stop before the game of war becomes a grim reality.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A great army movie.

April 23, 2001
Good Morning America
Top Critic

For those who don't mind being challenged, however, and are curious to see why Farrell is being touted as the next big thing, Tigerland has its rewards.

Full Review… | February 26, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I wouldn't put Tigerland in the top ranks of war movies, but it's a solid second-tier entry that makes you think about the characters.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Tigerland

½

Basically this is just a low-budget indie mashup of Cool Hand Luke and Full Metal Jacket, and you know what? This might be a tired formula, but it still kinda works. Maybe it helps that this was shot docudrama style, and the cast was filled with (then) unknowns.

Colin Farrell had his breakout role here, and, while he isn't quite able to completely hold the film up on his own shoulders, he's pretty good and definitely shows promising as a talented lead...even though his brogue does occasionally slip through his noble attempt at a Texan accent.

The plot is that of the typical rebel without a cause named Roland Bozz out to challenge authority. The setting is a training camp in Louisiana in 1971, and this particular camp has a reputaton for being brutal, as well as the last stop for many before being shipped to Vietnam. Bozz is very capable at being a good soldier, yet he'd rather spend most of his time farting around and doing his own thing, regardless of the consequences.

There's some other great performances from Clifton Collins Jr and Matthew Davis. Even Michael Shannon makes an appearance. The characters are little more than cutouts, and the actors playing drill sargeants are doing half assed and less effective R. Lee Ermey impressions, but like I said, this all kinda works.

Maybe it just has to do with Schumacher getting back to basics and working with a low budget and going for a less mainstream character study.

Yeah. I think it's that last one. Go check it out.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.

ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Over sentimental rubbish. Tries to pull at your heartstrings but is more likely to made you throw up a little in your mouth! Joel Schumacher trying to do a Dogme film?, do me a favour!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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