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Tigerland


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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Shea Whigham, Tom Guiry
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Medusa Video
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00439ORO4

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Nel 1971 la guerra tra Stati Uniti e Vietnam è in pieno svolgimento. Mentre tantissimi giovani americani muoiono nei territori dell'Estremo oriente, altrettanti si preparano a partire. Nel campo di addestramento di Fort Polk, in Louisiana, lo spettro dei combattimenti pesa sulla Compagnia A, secondo plotone di fanteria, che sta per entrare nell'ultima fase di preparazione. I soldati affrontano in vari modi la prospettiva della partenza per il fronte. Jim, volontario, è un aspirante scrittore ed ha sempre un blocchetto di appunti in mano. Miter spera di dimostrare di essere un vero uomo. Cantwell è rassegnato a quello che ormai appare un fatto inevitabile, Wilson non vede l'ora di battersi. C'è poi Bozz, che vorrebbe lasciare l'esercito e organizza azioni di protesta. I suoi comportamenti creano profonde fratture tra i soldati e tra questi e gli ufficiali. Bozz, che conosce la legge, cerca di aiutare quelli che vogliono rinunciare e tornarsene a casa. Niente però è possibile quando si avvicina l'ultima tappa, prima della guerra vera, ossia le esercitazioni conclusive a Tigerland, una zona progettata appositamente a somiglianza della giungla. Qui viene simulato un vero scontro con il nemico, con armi a salve. Tra gli assalitori c'è Wilson, che aveva un conto in sospeso con Bozz e ora ne approfitta per tentate di colpirlo con proiettili veri. Nella confusione che segue, Bozz riesce a ferire Jim con l'arma a salve: così il ragazzo può essere congedato. Finita l'esercitazione, il camion si muove stavolta verso la partenza per il campo di battaglia. Bozz disperde i fogli del diario di Jim: lui lo osserva partire, un po' felice un po' preoccupato.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "natthebat" on 12 Aug 2002
Format: VHS Tape
TigerLand is basically about a platoon of soldiers in the American army training for the Vietnam War. Private Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell)is brash and charismatic whose independance and outright defiance puts him on the wrong side of many of his superiors, as well as other soldiers. During the course of the film, he and Private Wilson (Clifton Collins Jr) form a bitter and intense hatred for each other.
However he also forms a special relationship with Private Paxton (Matthew Davis).
Tigerland is a brutal and intense training ground which is the last stop between the soldiers and the Vietnam War and during his time there, Bozz's leadership and character bring him and his men together - triggering extraordinary consequences.
Tigerland is one of my favourite war dramatisations and it really shows the brutal discipline America inflicts on its soldiers in desperate times. It is extremley moving and courageous, just like Braveheart. What I am basically trying to get at is YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Z on 2 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
I originally sought this film out based purely on it's trailer. I'd heard nothing about it and had heard of none of it's stars (including Colin Farrel, at the time). The result is a film bereft of window dressing and seemingly free of ego (bizarrely, given the director's track record). What it does give is a great Vietnam war film with neither Vietnam or the war to lift it. The relationships between the various soldiers are the bedrock of the film and, despite some cartoony steretypes, they are all excellent as they progress through training with little or nothing to cling to and the spectre of Vietnam and death (the two are used almost interchangably) just on the horizon. Colin Farrell pulls off the charismatic rebel with ease and his rise to leadership is both believable and well realised. The other "Grunts" are all good, though obviously less focused on than Farrell and his volunteer sidekick, Paxton, whose narration book-ends the film and, portrayed as slightly more intelligent than the others, adds alot of weight to the stuff in between.
Next to a film like Platoon, Tigerland seems pedestrian, with talky scenes and twenty-odd different ways of showing the way a rebel can be respected. However, it's a very engrossing film, giving a real sense of immediacy to what these men are going through. The only slightly underdeveloped theme is the vague way the Farrell helps two fellow Grunts to escape the army. The theme is picked up and dropped just as it seems to be becoming the point of the film. This doesn't do alot to diminish the film however as it plays relatively well next Farrell's steadily increasing sympathetic edge.
The camera work is excellent with grainy cinematography somewhat reminiscent of the Dogme style.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 18 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
I remember the first time I watched The Godfather. I remember the first time I watched The Shawshank Redemption...and I will remember the first time I saw Tigerland.
The combination of beautifully understated direction from Schumacher and the coming of age of an unknown cast has created here, a gem of a film which has somehow gone unoticed.
In the high budget, blockbuster movie world we live in, it was so refreshing to see two actors take the lead in a film and captivate the audience so convincingly.
The movie centres around a group of recruits going through final training before they are sent to Vietnam. We never see them make it to Vietnam, but the real journey comes in the relationship between Bozz (Colin Farrell) and Paxton (Matthew Davis), as they try and come to terms with conveyor belt they are being sent down which is designed to make them killers.
Bozz soon becomes the reluctant leader as the men around him(mostly) admire his honesty and humanity. Why would he want to hurt another human being? The story sees him get two friends out of the army whilst his stuggles against a system he sees as so injust, only to get promoted.
With an amazing array of unknown talent on display, with the excellent Russel Richardson playing Private Johnson standing out, the film features the cream of Hollywoods future.
Colin Farrel must surely be the find of the year, whilst Matthew Davis can look forward to a bright future. Expect to hear more from this cast very soon. And expect Tigerland to become one of the classics of recent times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 30 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
Tigerland is a Vietnam war film with a difference. It doesn't have a particular political message regarding Vietnam; it is more of a critique on the culture of warfare in general, where it is difficult to tell the sane from the insane, the true believers from the patriots, and those who simply want to remain alive.
At various points in the film, the commanders in charge of training announce to the platoon that has just made another snafu that they are all dead. 'I'm still alive,' the upstart Bozz (played by Colin Farrell in one of his earliest roles) will almost always announce. At one time, a sergeant tells Bozz that men can't just quit the Army. 'I'm not quitting, I'm just not playing any more,' Bozz calmly announces.
The plot revolves around a platoon at training during the early 1970s, when the horrors of the Vietnam war had been played out on television for the greater part of a decade, and no one really wanted to go as a lowly grunt private. The ultimate in training was Tigerland, a Louisiana swamp area converted into Vietnam-like terrain, for realistic training. Recruit Bozz is almost like a zen master, taking nothing in the training very seriously other than the potential deadening effects it might have on his (and the others' souls). Bozz is a troublemaker to the lock-step training mentality; like many troublemakers, he is in fact a diamond-in-the-rough for leadership, as men naturally follow his lead, and he eventually gets rewarded (or so one might think) with responsibility.
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