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At Theaters: 10/6/2000 On Video: 4/17/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 219914
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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.
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Drama - Fans of director Joel Schumacher may find something of interest in this change-of-pace project--a Vietnam-era drama. However, the thin characters and even thinner plot will leave most viewers disappointed. The violent and sexual content make the film inappropriate for youngsters.
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Colin Farrell ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL
Matt Davis URBAN LEGENDS THE FINAL CUT
Thomas Guiry U-571, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
Shea Wingham New York Stage Actor
Russell Richardson RAGDOLL
Clifton Collins Jr. PRICE OF GLORY
Cole Hauser PITCH BLACK
Director: Joel Schumacher FLAWLESS, 8MM
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Making The Film
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PROFANITY: Virtually nonstop use of stong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Beatings and shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana.
ACTION: A couple of combat scenes.
COMEDY: Some dark humor.
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Long considered synonymous with empty Hollywood razzle dazzle, in the wake of the big-budget franchise cul-de-sac Batman & Robin, director Joel Schumacher seems increasingly determined to prove his artistic worth. After getting down-and-dirty with last year's lurid (and little else) 8MM, Schumacher returns with an even more unlikely--and blatantly "different"--project: the Dogme 95-inspired (!) Vietnam War (!!) film Tigerland. The resulting film isn't as disastrous as one would expect, but it's hardly one to reverse any previously held opinions of the filmmaker.

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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. Private Jim Paxton (Matt Davis), notebook in hand, expects the war to inform his writing — a romantic notion drawn from Hemingway and James Jones. Miter (Clifton Collins, Jr.) hopes to prove himself as a man. Cantwell (Thomas Guiry) simply resigns himself to the inevitable. And Wilson (Shea Whigham), with disturbing zeal, lusts for battle.

One man's defiance, however, galvanizes every member of the platoon. Soon after Roland Bozz (Cohn Farrell) joins A-Company, the lines of opinion that divide the conscience of the nation begin to penetrate the ranks of the soldiers. Just released from the base stockade, Bozz wants out of the army, and he stages small acts of protest.

Bozz' disobedience triggers unexpected and far-reaching consequences. We begin to see that Bozz, Paxton, Miter, Cantwell, Wilson, Johnson (Russell Richardson) and the others are children, handed rifles and forced into adult uniforms. But nothing Bozz does can save himself or the boys in Second Platoon from Tigerland, a tractless wilderness designated by the army for jungle combat simulation. Their last stop before the war.

Deep in the backwoods of Louisiana, with little hope of escaping Vietnam, Bozz rushes towards an action that no one - not even he - could have anticipated.

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