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History dramatized in TNT movie fk ' 'V i : . V ' 1 V ' ..V - j .;, .1 B Movie: Buffalo Soldiers: 8-10 tonight, TNT. 984397 Repeated Dec. 14, 15, 16 and 20. By Jay Bobbin Special to Tlie Palm Beach Post While making movies as modern as Lethal Weapon and the recent SwitchBack, Danny Glover also has kept an eye on history. He has proven that by doing such projects as Lonesome Dove, The Color Purple and Places in the Heart, and he shows it again tonight as both a star and an executive producer of the new TNT drama Buffalo Soldiers. Glover plays Sgt. Washington Wyatt, the leader of one of the black U.S. Cavalry regiments known largely for battles with American Indians during the formative years of the American West. When they weren't assisting settlers, the Buffalo Soldiers were drawn into many pivotal showdowns, facing off against the likes of Geronimo, Crazy point," Glover said. "The process of going at that was just enormous, determining the elements and building the tension. We wanted the conflict to come not only from the anxiety and frustration from the journey that these men went on, but also from the relationships between the men themselves." Glover had hoped to film the saga of the Buffalo Soldiers for some time, but he said, "It's not like I'd been sitting around for 20 years waiting to tell it. I've just always wanted to do something about African-American soldiers in the West, something that would help people understand what their relationship with Native Americans could have been. ... "They played a huge role in the history of the American West, from the time a law was passed in Congress in 1868 to create the Buffalo Soldiers, until the siege at Wounded Knee in 1892. They were part of every major military campaign against Native Americans during that time, and they basically were the police of the West. During expansionism, these men who mostly were ex-slavesvere the ones who struggled with people who felt their extinction was at hand." The Buffalo Soldiers 'basically were the police of the West,' Danny Glover says. i Horse and Billy the Kid. They also served under Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War and were active in extending the telegraph system through the western half of the country. They were disbanded when President Harry Truman ordered the desegregation of the Army, i These historical facts are recounted in the film, which was directed by Hill Street i Blues alumnus Charles Haid. Another veteran of that series, Michael Warren, is in the picture's cast. "We had to determine what we wanted to say and then tell the story from that stand On the cover Danny Glover plays the leader of a black U.S. Cavalry regiment that was involved in pivotal showdowns in the formative years of the American West. TW Actors Studio turns golden POST Inside the Actors Studio: A 50-Year Celebration: 9-10 tonight, Bravo. 778303 Repeated midnight-1 a.m. 801066 By Martie Zad The Washington Post The Bravo Network celebrates the golden anniversary of the Actors Studio with a one-hour special tonight, as the centerpiece of a two-day marathon of Actors Studio programs. The special explains how the Studio was founded by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis and how it was and still is influenced by Russian actor and teacher Constantin Stanislavski's methods of acting. The show also includes inter views of many longtime members and highlights from more than 50 of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio shows, including Paul Newman on the "make or break" auditioning process; Sally Field and Ellen Burstyn on studying with Lee Strasberg; Neil Simon and Steven Sond-heim on writing; and Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack, Sidney Lumet, Mark Rydell and Anjclica Huston on filmmaking. Four one-hour Inside interviews are on today's schedule: Lee Grant at 11 a.m., Shelley Winters at 2 p.m., Anthony Quinn at 5 p.m. and Paul Newman at 7:45 p.m. Movies starring Actors Studio grads fill in the rest of the celebration. Program details: Networks and stations provide the latest information available at press time. The daily TV page inside Accent provides the most current listings. VCR Plus codes: For assistance, call (800) 432-1827. For advance schedules (95 cents a minute), call (900) 454-7587. " Contact Information: Call 511 provides numbers and w addresses of networks and stations. Dial 820-4511, line 7003. The call is free, but distance charges apply.