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Yellowneck (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 22 March 1955 (USA)
5 Confederate soldiers desert, make their way through the Everglades and try to make it to Cuba.

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Cast

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The Sergeant
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The Colonel
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Plunkett
Harold Gordon ...
Cockney
Bill Mason ...
The Kid
Al Tamez ...
Seminole
Jose Billie ...
Dead body
Roy Nash Osceola ...
Seminole
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Storyline

A disgraced Confederate Colonel who has deserted his command flees to the Everglades where he encounters a disparate group of four other Southern deserters. Togethher they struggle to find their way out of the swamp and resolve their own personal demons under the eyes of hostile Seminoles as they battle to survive the elements and each other. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Filmed in the heart of the Florida Everglades in TRUCOLOR See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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22 March 1955 (USA)  »

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Cinq déserteurs  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The colonel's final soliloquy references the Second Battle of Murfreesboro (also known as the Battle of Stones River) in which Union forces repulsed two attacks by the Confederate States of America, in a battle lasting from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863 (three days) at Murfreesboro in middle Tennessee. The Union victory served as a morale boost for insecure Union troops and led to the Confederacy abandoning plans to invade Tennessee. The colonel's speech implies that he was ordered to retreat in order to save his forces against withering cannon fire by Union artillery using grapeshot. See more »

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When Cockney is bitten by a rattlesnake, he instantly dies(1:09:21). Most deaths occur between 6 and 48 hours after the bite. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Todd: [to the Kid] You ain't done enough to run away from. Shouldn't have followed me, kid. Shouldn't have started runnin'. I've been runnin' every since I knowed runnin' from... everything how I never liked. Yeah, I reckon there ain't much to like around this world. I've ben runnin' so long I don't know how to stop! It don't do too much good when you stop and figure why you're runnin'. It catches up to you. You can't run away from yourself. Don't run away from nothin', kid. It don't do no good. ...
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The MPAA seal appears on the opening Republic Pictures logo instead of its usual place in the credits. See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home
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Composed by Stephen Foster (1852)
Heard briefly when viewing daguerrotype
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Escape Through the Everglades
2 November 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This modestly budgeted oddity from the mid-fifties is as good an example as I can think of of how to make something out of nothing. Set in the waning days of the Civil War, Yellowneck follows several Confederate army deserters in their flight through the Florida Everglades. The actors are all good and the predicament these characters are in is dramatized with a fair amount of realism. Poisonous snakes, insects and alligators abound, as these unfortunate men have gone from the hell of the Civil War into the frying pan of the swamp. They squabble amongst one another a good deal, but their biggest enemy is nature itself, which seems to be conspiring against them at every turn. One comes to like some of these men very much, and despise others. The pathetic nature of their plight is always apparent, and we cannot help but feel for them as they slog through the mud, their hopes diminishing with each passing day. A fine. psychologically provocative piece of film-making, in tone and sensibility, a sort of cross between Ambrose Bierce and Albert Camus.


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