Buffalo Soldiers movie

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From 1866 until President Harry S. Truman desegregated the U.S. Army in 1946, the 9th and 10th Calvary -- known as The Buffalo Soldiers -- served their country proudly. Now the story of the first soldiers, freed African slaves who were recruited to help settle the West, is being brought to television. Airing this weekend on TNT and starring Danny Glover, "Buffalo Soldiers" will shed light on an important chapter in U.S. history.

"The term Buffalo Soldiers, from my research," Glover says, "was a name given to African-American soldiers by the Cheyenne. They were identified to be unique by their hair because it resembled the hair of the buffalo's coat."

It has been a passion of Danny Glover's for many years to do a project about blacks and their relationship with Native Americans in the settling of the West. "Buffalo Soldiers" has been hanging around Hollywood for 20 years, first as a film and later as a television project. With Glover picking it up, cable network TNT came on board and now Glover gets his chance to do a project he's long dreamed about.

"We believe we pay homage to these men, who played such an enormous role in the development of this country and the growth of this country. The beauty of being able to tell this story in such a way, gives us a multifaceted sense of what we are as people. Not this myopic, one-dimensional sense in which you see black people."

Set in 1879-1880, Glover plays Sergeant Washington Wyatt. Wyatt, an ex-slave and accomplished soldier, still feels he has to prove himself. The Buffalo Soldiers have been assigned the task of getting rid of the last group of Apaches along the New Mexico- Arizona border. The film explores the conflict the black soldiers felt over having to fight Native Americans. Being ex-slaves and second class citizens, the soldiers did not necessarily feel running the Indian off his own land was right -- but they also felt the pull of duty.

Glover, who produced the project, rounded up an all-star cast. Directed by Charles Haid, "Buffalo Soldiers" stars Michael Warren, Mykel T. Williamson, Glynn Turman, and Carl Lumbly. In history the Buffalo Soldiers not only fought Crazy Horse, but they helped in the capture of Geronimo and Billy The Kid. They also escorted settlers, cattle and railroad crews across the West, strung telephone wires and patrolled the U.S. Mexico border.

"Buffalo Soldiers" airs Sunday, December 7 on TNT at 8 p.m., 10 p.m and midnight Eastern Time. Check your local listings for repeat air dates.

Posted: Thu - February 6, 2003 at 04:32 PM