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DISNEY/MIRAMAX SET TO RELEASE FILM DEPICTING AMERICA MILITARY AS DRUG DEALERS, CRIMINALS
drudgereport.com ^ | 7-13-03

Posted on 07/13/2003 2:52:14 PM PDT by Paul Atreides

"Here in the UK no one gets upset, but over there, where the President is fighting these military campaigns in the name of democracy, the first casualty seems to be freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any democracy." - BUFFALO SOLDIERS Director Gregor Jordan

The WALT DISNEY CO. is set for maximum controversy when it releases a "warts-and-all" portrait of U.S. Army life with the fuss-film BUFFALO SOLDIERS.

As American men and women put their lives on the line in Iraq and other locations throughout the world, DISNEY and its subsidiary MIRAMAX have set a July 25 opening for the story of enlisted man running a profitable drugs and stolen goods business out of an Army base!

[A promo snap for the film -- "Steal all that you can steal," a riff on the US Army's own pseudo-empowering "Be all that you can be" slogan, while below actor Joaquin Phoenix stands before an American flag -- comes just days after TIME magazine alleged in a cover story that American troops looted and vandalized the Baghdad airport after it was secured.]

The film's director Gregor Jordan describes SOLDIERS a robust satire illustrating the corruption, drug use and violence that goes on in US Army bases.

At the film's open, a painted US flag is on the ground and is stepped on by marching soldiers.

The film features an excessive amount of profanity by senior officers, suggestive sex [oral sex in bed, sex in a car, sex in a swimming pool], theft of government property, and rampant drug use by soldiers.

Actor Phoenix explains, "I don't know why anyone would be offended. It wasn't a movie that was intended to offend. And if we don't show things as they really happen, then what's that about? Censorship!"

The movie studio has been receiving complaints from military insiders, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

One letter written by a retired Army Colonel warns of the film's racial overtones.

"Scenes show MP's, who are black, committing acts of violence and engaging in corruption," writes Col. Franklin J. Henderson. "These scenes, intentionally or unintentionally, provide a bad image of black soldiers and degrade the sterling service of the real 'Buffalo Soldiers' who were mostly black men."

Director Jordan was so concerned by the mood of the country during the most recent military activity in Iraq that he asked for the movie's release to be delayed.

"I thought, This is not the time to be putting this movie out. If we leave it a couple of months, the war'll be over and off all the front pages. Then we'll go."

Developing...


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1 posted on 07/13/2003 2:52:15 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides; ALOHA RONNIE; BOBTHENAILER; Grampa Dave
Just when you think Disney can sink no lower...
2 posted on 07/13/2003 2:54:43 PM PDT by MizSterious (Support whirled peas!)
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3 posted on 07/13/2003 2:56:11 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Paul Atreides
The film features an excessive amount of profanity by senior officers, suggestive sex [oral sex in bed, sex in a car, sex in a swimming pool], theft of government property, and rampant drug use by soldiers.
if we don't show things as they really happen, then what's that about? Censorship!"

What a crock of sh!t.
4 posted on 07/13/2003 2:58:04 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Paul Atreides
Haven't we come along way from when the Mouse supported our efforts in WWII.
5 posted on 07/13/2003 3:00:26 PM PDT by dts32041 ("The avalanche has started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.")
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To: dts32041
This is Disney's consolation prize for giving up the Michael Moore schlockumentary.
6 posted on 07/13/2003 3:08:25 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: MizSterious
The movie studio has been receiving complaints from military insiders, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Another one destined for almost instant video release. Don't they understand, as France does, that we vote with our wallets as well?

7 posted on 07/13/2003 3:14:56 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Dues paying member of the vast right wing conspiracy)
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To: Paul Atreides
Down with Disney -- Boycott anything and everything associated with Disney.
8 posted on 07/13/2003 3:15:48 PM PDT by thinktwice
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To: Paul Atreides
Despite the denials, this movie was intended to be offensive and discredit the U.S. military. It'll be a hit in anti-American Europe, though, where Michael Moore's and Hitlery's screeds are selling very well.
9 posted on 07/13/2003 3:16:16 PM PDT by AF68
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To: Paul Atreides
Thank you Michael Eisner. Bet you make tons of money distributing this in the Islamic world. Who is distributing it for you? Hamas? Islamic Jihad?
10 posted on 07/13/2003 3:16:31 PM PDT by DPB101
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To: Paul Atreides
*checks watch*

Ah yes, just a couple of hours before the show. Time for Matt's regular Sunday Evening Sh*t-Stirring.
11 posted on 07/13/2003 3:19:01 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
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To: BOBTHENAILER
I guess we can expect John McCain to form another investigating committee that will find that Americans have no right to vote with out wallets.
12 posted on 07/13/2003 3:21:46 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Disney has sunk even lower than I ever thought possible.
13 posted on 07/13/2003 3:22:22 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach
I bet that the only redeeming character will be a homosexual. Disney is big on homosexuals.
14 posted on 07/13/2003 3:23:31 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Speaking from personal experience, there are indeed folks like those described in this article within the US Army and other military branches. Then again, the folks I knew who are/were like this were quietly given the boot and are no longer in the military. They were never prosecuted. I don't see why anyone would want to go see a movie about such people unless, of course, the good guys within the military expose the derelicts in the end. There are many good guys in the military. And then there are others.
15 posted on 07/13/2003 3:29:39 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: MizSterious
From www.drudgereport.com/bufsol.htm:

16 posted on 07/13/2003 3:29:47 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: Paul Atreides
Just another example of the moral bankruptcy of this organization, living off of the momentum of their past foundation in the principles of truth and virtue, while stuggling to maintain their smothering stranglehold on American pop culture. We don't spend a dime on anything even remotely connected to Disney in our household, for reasons such as this, and educate and encourage or family and friends to do the same.

Don't get me started on their over-rated, over-priced, and over-crowded parks, the dissatisfied "guests," with empty wallets, running from ride to ride desperately trying to convince themselves they are having fun, being ambushed by Disney sponsered PC thuggery such as "Gay Days." Movies like this are just another example of Disney's covert "progressive" social activism.

Ultimately, they only understand this one thing, their bottom line. Not a dime more from us.
17 posted on 07/13/2003 3:31:43 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas!)
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To: Paul Atreides
"I thought, This is not the time to be putting this movie out. If we leave it a couple of months, the war'll be over and off all the front pages. Then we'll go." But the money shouldn't offend anyone..right?
18 posted on 07/13/2003 3:33:39 PM PDT by tonyinv (Webcam user? Checkout http://www.flexstand.com)
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To: tonyinv
money = movie
19 posted on 07/13/2003 3:34:52 PM PDT by tonyinv (Webcam user? Checkout http://www.flexstand.com)
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To: thinktwice
Down with Disney -- Boycott anything and everything associated with Disney.

Gee, I am years ahead of you on that.
On my Dish Network systems I use only the favorites list I've created and none of the listings I made has anything Disney related on them.

20 posted on 07/13/2003 3:38:06 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: Paul Atreides
Well, this could be a $15 million loser for Miramax/Disney, or a money maker - in perhaps "Old Europe" where anti-Americanism is profitable politically and economically.

If it's a loser, teaches them a lesson. If it's a money maker in Europe, that brings $$$ out of Europe to the US.

That's a win-win.

If it makes money here, shame on us.
21 posted on 07/13/2003 3:39:38 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative (Can't prove a negative? You're not stupid. Prove it!)
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DISGUSTING ping
22 posted on 07/13/2003 3:43:24 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)
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To: Paul Atreides
This movie was a big hit at the Sundance film festival. Here is their official review:

Gregor Jordan (Two Hands) returns to Sundance with Buffalo Soldiers, a high-pitched romp that teeters between drama and farce, delivering a welcome antidote to the onslaught of recent glorifications of all things military.

It is 1989 on an American base in Germany, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Special fourth class soldier Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) and his gang of GI accomplices are heavy into a regular regime of pilfering supplies, haggling on the local black market and keeping a thriving drug business by cooking up drugs right under the base commander's (Ed Harris) nose. When they accidentally stumble onto two truckloads of highly sophisticated weaponry worth millions, the opportunity is too good to pass up. The only fly in the ointment is the new top sergeant (Scott Glenn), who takes one look at the flashy Rolex a soldier sports and decides to kick butt. Elwood, in return, takes one look at the sergeant's hot daughter and decides to fight back.

Jordan has crafted a brilliant piece of subversion with clever, robust characterizations that are nailed by the distinguished cast. Phoenix and Glenn are wildly entertaining as adversaries, but it is Harris who turns in an amazing performance that epitomizes military ineptitude and career torpor.

This movie was made in 2001, but put on the shelf after Sept. 11. If the reviewer for the Sundance festival loved it, you know the movie is crap.

23 posted on 07/13/2003 3:44:49 PM PDT by ao98
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To: Paul Atreides
I'll bet you hit it on the head - it will be a homosexual or a rapper or someone Disney considers mainstream and worthy of respect. Certainly our typical white male soldier would not fit into Disney's idea of who should be accorded respect and indeed grateful thanks.
24 posted on 07/13/2003 3:46:12 PM PDT by Peach
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Gee, ain't that just special

I'd say I'll boycott it ... but I've already been that
25 posted on 07/13/2003 3:46:48 PM PDT by Mo1 (Please help Free Republic and Donate Now !!!)
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Where are Jesse Jackson and the NAACP now!? Huh?

Anyone with even an ounce of common sense of history knows of the nobility and patriotism of the black buffalo soldiers of old. And how that particular platoon lives on in today's US Army, with a recent deployment to Iraq.

The one time that Jesse Jackson SHOULD be raising his voice, he's silent.

Is it because he's in bed with Disney? Is it because the NAACP receives significant money from Disney?

When you think the notion of "Hollyweird" could sink no lower...

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26 posted on 07/13/2003 3:51:38 PM PDT by mhking
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To: ao98
Thanks for the review. I'll definitely boycott it. The Hollywood liberals just can't stand any stories positive about the military.


27 posted on 07/13/2003 3:57:43 PM PDT by FR_addict
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To: Paul Atreides
The military was getting too popular with the American people you see? They had to be busted down a couple of notches. Else we might derail Mr Marx's plans.
28 posted on 07/13/2003 3:57:44 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: ao98
"Harris who turns in an amazing performance that epitomizes military ineptitude and career torpor..."

Amazing that our military can STILL kick the ass of anyone on earth! What does that say about the others?

29 posted on 07/13/2003 3:58:22 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: ao98
Ed harris makes me want to puke....i would love to crack that dude between the eyes and swell them shut...he thinks his poop doesn't stink.
30 posted on 07/13/2003 4:00:13 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: Paul Atreides
Actor Phoenix explains, "I don't know why anyone would be offended. It wasn't a movie that was intended to offend. And if we don't show things as they really happen, then what's that about? Censorship!"

Apparently following in his illustrious older brother's footsteps, at least in attitude. S**t, why would anyone be offended by a movie that depicts tne military as a dishonest gang of sleazy drugtaking thieves? I guess sleazy drugtaking thieves wouldn't.

The moral relativist leftists who rule the media want to subvert and pervert everything that is honorable and decent. This is just another example.

31 posted on 07/13/2003 4:02:25 PM PDT by First Amendment
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To: mhking
This is thoroughly disgusting. I retired from Fort Huachuca, home of the real Buffalo Soldiers. Local icons and probably the most recognizable symbol of this area.
32 posted on 07/13/2003 4:06:09 PM PDT by JackelopeBreeder (Proud to be a loco gringo armed vigilante terrorist cucaracha!)
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To: chasio649
Ed Harris is also a big supporter of Planned Parenthood. He got an award from them, and during his speech he thanked his wife for making him pro-abortion.
33 posted on 07/13/2003 4:07:57 PM PDT by ao98
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To: ao98
It is 1989 on an American base in Germany

1989? Oh so Hollywood, that would be Bill & Hill "don't ask don't tell" military you on the left were hoping for

34 posted on 07/13/2003 4:18:23 PM PDT by tophat9000
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To: Paul Atreides
I bet that the only redeeming character will be a homosexual.

Funny you said that. I was just thinking the other day about the old BBC's documentary of Hillary Clinton and some female friends from college. They showed them when they were in college and up to the time Clinton became the First Lady. It showed how unhappy they all were except for one.The only happy one was the Lesbian that 'came out' of the closet. The other ones stayed miserable and in need of a shrink. Anyone remember that?

35 posted on 07/13/2003 4:25:46 PM PDT by shiva
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To: mhking
I'll say.

Frederic Remington immortalized the brave, hard-working, unsung Buffalo Soldiers.

To use the name on this movie is highly insulting.

36 posted on 07/13/2003 4:30:57 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: Dont Mention the War
LOL...I still remember the Siren and red letters about the terrorists about to attack Pearl Harbor month's ago. It just happened to be an hour before his radio show.
37 posted on 07/13/2003 4:31:54 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (If they sneak in throw em out on their chin!!)
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To: mhking
I wouldn't be surprised if jesse's staff is too dumb to know what Buffalo Soldiers means, and so no one has brought it to his attention.
38 posted on 07/13/2003 4:36:50 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: mhking
Completely dishonorable on Disney's Part.

39 posted on 07/13/2003 4:38:53 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: mhking; Kip Lange
Won't go to see that movie...
40 posted on 07/13/2003 4:47:38 PM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: mhking
Where are Jesse Jackson and the NAACP now!? Huh?

The last I've heard, he's working to get the peace process moving between Palestinians and Israelis. :-D

41 posted on 07/13/2003 4:53:40 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: mhking
It's always cotton pickin' time on the old liberal plantation. Serf's UP!
42 posted on 07/13/2003 4:53:55 PM PDT by Noumenon (Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesnít go away. -- Philip K. Dick)
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To: hchutch
Watch out for Drudge & movies. He's notorious for leaking info given to him by sources who want to see the movie sink for other-than-ideological reasons. I don't endorse this plotline, but I also remember Drudge way way way hyping up the sex scenes in "Eyes Wide Shut" and also running a bit on "The Last Castle" about the flag being flown upside-down distressing veterans (if you've watched the movie, you know the flag never gets flown upside-down...then again, they may have changed that).

Anyway, I'll still be skipping it. :-) Just beware rabid Drudges, 'tis all.
43 posted on 07/13/2003 5:13:42 PM PDT by Kip Lange ("And yet it moves.")
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To: tophat9000
1989? Oh so Hollywood, that would be Bill & Hill "don't ask don't tell" military you on the left were hoping for Huh? Bush Sr. was president in 1989, if my history is correct. What did you mean?
44 posted on 07/13/2003 5:52:36 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (It's all part of life's rich pageant, you know?)
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To: Paul Atreides
The film features an excessive amount of profanity by senior officers, suggestive sex [oral sex in bed, sex in a car, sex in a swimming pool], theft of government property, and rampant drug use by soldiers.

Actor Phoenix explains, "I don't know why anyone would be offended. It wasn't a movie that was intended to offend. And if we don't show things as they really happen, then what's that about? Censorship!"

They could have shown ALL of these things in a movie about Bubba Clinton but they chose not to make that exploitive "tell all" movie. We were told that it was none of our business, it's just (rape) sex; his brother's own quote that Bill had a nose like a vaccuum cleaner was considered less reliable than some Star Trek biographer's book on George W. Bush. These people don't care about sex or drugs or theft. Rats lie. This is nothing but a stab at middle America.

Warts and all. I wonder if Hollywood has looked in the mirror lately. Airbrushing and frosted lenses can make it appear that actors have no blemishes but they (and we) know the truth.

45 posted on 07/13/2003 6:29:31 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Paul Atreides
This is Disney's consolation prize for giving up the Michael Moore schlockumentary.

Last I read, it was still Miramax financing Michael Moore.

"Is Disney Lying to America About Michael Moore?" (ABC-Disney-Miramax funding project)

46 posted on 07/13/2003 6:38:56 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Kip Lange
I also remember Drudge way way way hyping up the sex scenes in "Eyes Wide Shut"

The American version of this film still contains a "shadow" figure that was digitally inserted to block out the scenes of coitus at the orgy. This was done theatrically and on video.

The other nations of the world do not have this enhancement.

47 posted on 07/13/2003 6:42:01 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Kip Lange
"The Last Castle" about the flag being flown upside-down distressing veterans (if you've watched the movie, you know the flag never gets flown upside-down...then again, they may have changed that)

Never saw the movie but the ads sure featured the flag upside down.

48 posted on 07/13/2003 6:44:41 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: petitfour
Ever see Hollywood make a movie about the guy who pilfers pens, paper, staplers, and stamps at the office?

This even happens in Congress and there are no films about it.

Is Miramax alledging that this is based on a true event?

49 posted on 07/13/2003 6:48:26 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Paul Atreides
If you haven't had reason to boycott Disney before this, you have it now.
50 posted on 07/13/2003 6:53:12 PM PDT by GOPJ
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