Tigerland

2000, Drama, 1h 49m

47 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A great cast and the gritty feel of the film help elevate Tigerland above the familiarity of the subject matter. Read critic reviews

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1971. A nation stands divided over the escalating war in Vietnam. Thousands of young Americans lie dead on foreign soil. And at Fort Polk, Louisiana, thousands more prepare to join them. The specter of combat hangs over the men of A-Company, Second Platoon, as they enter the final stage of infantry training. They will be sent to the war. But each man deals with this prospect in his own way. One man's defiance, however, galvanizes every member of the platoon.

Cast & Crew

Tom Guiry
Pvt. Cantwell
Cole Hauser
Staff Sgt. Cota
Keith Ewell
Sergeant Oakes
Stephen Fulton
Sergeant Drake
Matt Gerald
Sergeant Eveland
James MacDonald
Staff Sgt. Thomas
Afemo Omilami
SFC Ezra Landers
Nick Searcy
Captain Saunders
Ted Kurdyla
Executive Producer
Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer
Andrew Laws
Production Designer
Mark Stevens
Film Editor
Shawn R. McFall
Set Decoration
Dan Wilkerson
Set Dresser
Rodger Jacobs
Key Makeup Artist
Gunnar Swanson
Key Hair Stylist
Denise Okimoto
Music Editor
Linda Gennerich
Costume Supervisor
Kevin Harris
Special Effects Supervisor
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Critic Reviews for Tigerland

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  • 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

    January 4, 2007 | Rating: B+
  • Stylistically this is more interesting and more affected than Schumacher's Flawless. Either way, it's a big improvement on his past tendentious nonsense.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A beautifully crafted, brilliantly acted and gently moving film that only occasionally lapses into sentimentality.

    May 18, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite his usual ability to spend more time on set design than he does on actors, Schumacher handles the more intimate setting with great skill.

    May 7, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

    January 4, 2007 | Rating: B+
  • Stylistically this is more interesting and more affected than Schumacher's Flawless. Either way, it's a big improvement on his past tendentious nonsense.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • It's nothing like the first half of Full Metal Jacket, but an intriguing companion watch.

    July 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 4, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tigerland

  • Sep 14, 2011
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  • Jul 10, 2011
    Man, I was expecting this to be terrible, seeing as it's a Joel Schumacher film. Well, okay, I've only seen one other Joel Schumacher film, but it was "The Number 23". Of course, I did find that movie to be quite underrated... Yeah, I guess I'm not the best guy to listen to when it comes to Joel Schumacher films. Of course, this has been praised as one of his best and while that isn't saying a lot, it's still a pretty solid production. Still, it's not in the least above the rule that "Just About All Films Have Flaws". The film suffers from a lack of development, cliches and some slow spots. Another problem with the film is that it doesn't do anything terribly refreshing with its subject matter. Still, through all of its flaws, the film remains charming, when not impacting and gritty, being carried by good performances on and off the screen. Before we discuss that, let's discuss the strengths, which includes reasonably fair good dialogue, fine production designs, fairly effective humor and a solid final act. As for Shumacher's direction, he really conveys the grit of the film. However, when it turns into fun and games, he makes the transition smooth. For this, we also have to thank the actors, who do an excellent job working with the dramatic portions of the film and lead the more amusing points with charisma. Man, my reviews are so redundant that it's depressing. Before I go cry about that, allow me to that "Tigerland" - though nothing terribly offbeat - remains a gritty, moving and charming film carried by solid performances from its cast and director Joel Schumacher.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    great character study and film by joel schumacher who has had a very hit & miss career. its not action packed but it showcases colin farrell before he was famous.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2009
    The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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