Tigerland tells the story about the U.S. Army training camp in Fort Polk, Louisiana. The story follows Roland Bozz who is a Vietnam draftee in 1971 who is against the war effort. Bozz quickly befriends another soldier named Jim Paxton who is an aspiring writer that volunteered for service. The training commences and almost after the first day they are told that all trainees from Tigerland will be sent over to Vietnam. Bozz takes it upon himself to try and get as many men in the camp out of the place as soon as possible so they wont have to go fight in Vietnam.
Pvt. Roland Bozz
Staff Sgt. Cota
When Bozz fights with Wilson in the barracks, kneepads can be seen under the stretched material of Wilson's fatigues. Elbow pads can also be seen on Wilson's left elbow through his open sleeve.
In the scene at the pistol range, Wilson challenges Bozz with a M1911 .45 pistol. After the encounter a SSG comments the pistol is "Jammed". It is not jammed. The slide is in battery so there is no stoppage of the weapon. It may be a misfire or a hangfire, but not a jam.
The characters are seen drinking Miller Lite. That beer was not introduced until 1975.
The actors had no trailers, make-up artists, hairstylists, chairs or any of the typical luxuries.
Even though this movie clearly establishes early on that it takes place at the real Ft. Polk, Louisiana, USA (including displaying a big, on-screen, entrance sign at the very beginning), all the sources of film data describing this movie state that it takes place at 'fictional' Ft. Lake, Louisiana, USA.
Production budget - $10,000,000
Other production companies:
Camp Blanding, Starke, Florida
Fort Blandings, Florida
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