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In 1876, during the Great Sioux Wars, U.S. Cavalry Capt. Phillip Donlin serves at Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Montana Territory. His duties take him away from his wife, Celie Donlin, who feels neglected and unhappy.She is having an affair with Lt. John Haywood, whom she tries to persuade to resign the army and run away with her.Unknown to them, her husband overhears their conversation and confronts them.Heartbroken, he leaves the next morning on another patrol.His latest mission is to arrive at Camp Yellowstone and warn General Custer and his meager forces numbering a few hundred men of the large buildup of Sioux forces gathering at the Little Big Horn River.During a stop at a watering hole, Capt. Donlin's patrol is reached by Lt. Haywood's unit and told to return to Fort Lincoln but the captain disregards the orders and decides to attempt to warn general Custer whose forces already left for Little Big Horn River. Written by
Writer Harold Shumate was originally slated to direct the film but screenwriter Charles Marquis Warren made his directing debut in this movie. See more »
In the scene where Corbo and Hofstetter run into the Sioux horse herd, firing their pistols into the air to scare them off, it's obvious that Corbo's pistol accidentally discharges while he's still holding it at his side, pointed toward the ground - you can see the muzzle flash but no shot is heard. A few seconds later, after he raises his pistol into the air and fires off another shot, you can see the muzzle flash AND hear the sound of the pistol going off. See more »
Capt. Phillip Donlin:
None of us are fit to ride 50 miles, let alone 250. But we're gonna do it. And we don't have time to go around obstacles. We'll go straight through them, no matter what or who they are.
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Grim story of small band of cavalry trying to warn Custer
Perhaps the finest film to come from 'quickie' producer Lippert, this grim story of a band of calvary attempting to warn Custer holds up well after almost 50 years. Outstanding performances by a great supporting cast over-shadow what must have been a miniscule budget. Although the film claims to be based on a true incident, the curator of the Custer Battlefield Monument denies such an occurrence. Nonetheless, if you can find this one on video(not likely)or on the late show, it is well worth while.
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