A small band of cavalry attempt to warn Custer of an impending massacre. Friction develops when commander of the patrol suspects his subordinate of having an affair with his wife.

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Capt. Phillip Donlin
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Lt. John Haywood
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Celie Donlin
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Cpl. Doan Moylan
Wally Cassell ...
Pvt. Danny Zecca
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Pvt. Al DeWalt
King Donovan ...
Pvt. James Corbo
Richard Emory ...
Pvt. Mitch Shovels
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Sgt. Vet McCloud
Robert Sherwood ...
Pvt. David Mason
Sheb Wooley ...
Quince
Larry Stewart ...
Bugler Stevie Williams
Rodd Redwing ...
Cpl. Arika (as Rod Redwing)
Dick Paxton ...
Pvt. Ralph Hall (as Richard Paxton)
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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 nufs68

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The Blood-Chilling of the Savagery of the Indian Massacre that wrote the End of Gen. Custer and his Gallant Men! See more »

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15 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Rio de la muerte  »

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$183,849 (estimated)
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John Ireland's wife, Joanne Dru, was tested for the role of Celie Donlin, which ultimately was played by Marie Windsor. See more »

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In the scene where Lt. Haywood is fighting with the Indian, it is easy to see they're using rubber knives. See more »

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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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Remade as Desert Hell (1958) See more »

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Meets the test of a classic
11 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Saw this when it first came out and have seen it several time over the years. Still stands up and is worth watching.

The performances, story and production are tops and keep you glued to the screen through the entire movie.

The attention to detail of uniforms and other costumes is excellent, along with the horse handling.

It is well photographed and edited, with good lighting, especially the night scenes.

I haven't seen it in about 20 years, wish they would put it on television again.

Hope they at least bring it to my local video store.


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