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Amidst the pursuit of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll is conscription and the Vietnam War. In the U.S. young volunteers and conscriptees are being trained for guerilla warfare. Private Bozz is looking for a way out. Using a campaign of disobedience and disrespect, he's trying to be discharged "for the good of the army".

As the film opens, Bozz is released from the stockade to be returned to training. Throughout the film, Bozz's renegade behaviour is balanced against the motivations of his fellow recruits: the gung-ho patriot, the idealist writer, the barely-educated hick and more.

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Don't be confused, this is not M*A*S*H, it is a Dogma-styled film with a simple story about young men facing imminent death.

Dogma is a style that promotes an almost documentary style -- lots of available light and hand-held photography. Tigerland is Joel Schumacher's return to lower-budget films and he uses a style that big budget films can ape, but not match.
The Dogma style creates a closeness that isn't seen in high-gloss movies like Saving Private Ryan. The graininess gives a reality to the grit, mud and rain that the characters endure.

The script is not BOTS (based on a true story), but it is influenced by the scriptwriter's own experiences. The larrikan Bozz is not based on a real person, however he is well-drawn and the ending is well-crafted to give a good sense of what happened to the men America sent to fight the forces of not-us.

At the infantry training ground, Tigerland, Private Bozz fights the military status quo questions the Vietnam War and his orders. His fellow recruits begins to take sides setting off a psychological battle.

A strong, tightly written and cut work, Tigerland is well worth the time.


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Due for Australian release August, 2001
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Title: Tigerland (2001)
Written by: Ross Klavan & Michael McGruther
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Steven Haft, Beau Flynn
Edited by: Mark Stevens
Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique
running time: 101 mins
rating: MA 15+

The Players: Clifton Collins Jr, Matthew Davis, Colin Farrell, Thomas Guiry, Russell Richardson, Shea Whiggham
Official website: www.tigerlandmovie.com
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