Tigerland (2000)

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

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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 superiors regard his insubordination as a sign of intelligence and independent thinking, and he's told he might some day become an officer. Bozz and his fellow soldiers -- aspiring writer Paxton (Matthew Davis), sensitive Miter (Clifton Collins Jr.), philosophical Cantwell (Thomas Guiry), bloodthirsty Wilson (Shea Whigham), and heroic Johnson (Russell Richardson) -- are taught how to survive as they face their fears of death and wonder if they can somehow escape going to war. Tigerland was directed by Joel Schumacher; in a change of pace from his best-known work (Falling Down, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin), the film was made on a relatively low budget (under $10 million), was written by first-time screenwriters Ross Klavan and Michael McGruther, and features a cast of young, little-known actors. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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20th Century Fox

Cast

Matthew Davis
as Paxton
Tom Guiry
as Cantwell
Shea Whigham
as Wilson
Nick Searcy
as Captain Saunders
Afemo Omilami
as Sergeant Landers
James MacDonald
as Sergeant Thomas
Keith Ewell
as Sergeant Oaks
Matt Gerald
as Sergeant Eveland
Stephen Fulton
as Sergeant Drake
Tyler Cravens
as Sergeant MP
Michael Edmiston
as Hit the Break Driver
Haven Gaston
as Claudia
Michael Shannon
as Training Sergeant Filmore
Roger Floyd
as Killed Truck Driver
Ronnie Schafer
as Bartender
Frances Taylor
as Bargirl
Matt White
as Sniffling Soldier
Christy McKee
as Hooker No. 1
Daniel Martin
as Range Officer
Marc MacCulay
as Tigerland CO
Cole Hauser
as Sergeant Cota aka NCO
Nubia
as Girl with Bandana
Jack Newman
as Sergeant Gordon
Neil Brown
as Keams
Chris Huvane
as Barnes
Shamari Lewis
as Lukins
Gerald Jackson, Jr.
as New Orleans Drag Queen
Karolyn Arnold
as Hooker No. 2
Jeff Hephner
as McManus
Drew Gardner
as Drunk Nixon
Dennis Benatar
as Gate to Tigerland Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Tigerland

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (10)

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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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

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

Tigerland lands squarely in the top tier of best movies about America's Vietnam experience.

February 19, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

An extreamly powerful drama. It's remarkable, thoughtful, conflicting and exhilerating. Director, Joel Schumacher's masterpiece, his finest film yet. A groundbreaking, original, riveting and magnificent tour-de-force of a movie. Colin Farrell is extroadinary, giving an explosive breakthrough performance that shows what maximum potential really is.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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