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History dramatized in TNT movie i " . A Movie: Buffalo Soldiers: 8-10 tonight, TNT. 984397 Repeated Dec. 14, 15, 16 and 20. By Jay Bobbin Special to The 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 5f li 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-slaves were 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. likes of Geronimo, Crazy 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. These historical facts are recounted in the film, which was directed by Hill Street 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. TV IOST Channel numbers for the three major cable companies in Martin and St. Lucie counties are included with all listings. Here is an example: Wireless Broadcasting Systems customers receive the show on Channel 9. Wireless channel numbers are Indicated In brackets. GD191 (12) Murphy Brown Program details: Networks and stations provide the latest information available at press time. The daily TV page inside Accent provides the most current listings. B VCR Plus codes: For assistance, call (800) 432-1827. For advance schedules o (95 cents a minute), call K (900) 454-7587. v Contact Information: Call 511 provides numbers and w addresses of networks and stations. Dial 820-4511, line 7003. The call is free, but long-CM distance charges apply. Adelphia customers In MartinSt. Lucie receive the show on Channel 9. Adelphia channel numbers are indicated in white ovals. TCI customers In the Fort Pierce area receive the show on Channel 12. TCI channel numbers are indicated In parentheses. A complete list of channel numbers for major cable can be found on Page 79 (inside back cover).