5 Confederate soldiers desert, make their way through the Everglades and try to make it to Cuba.



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The Sergeant
The Colonel
Berry Kroeger ...
Harold Gordon ...
Bill Mason ...
The Kid
Al Tamez ...
Jose Billie ...
Dead body
Roy Nash Osceola ...


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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Surrounded by savage Seminoles five desperate men alone among the terrors of the Everglades! See more »


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22 March 1955 (USA)  »

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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 »


When the British soldier goes to sheath the colonel's sword at the funeral, he puts it in backwards and it gets jammed. See more »


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 »


My Old Kentucky Home
Composed by Stephen Foster (1852)
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Awful, Boring, Slow, Trite
26 September 2013 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Never waste 90 minutes of your time on this terrible take on Civil War. Some old films were never good, and this is one of them. The story of 5 Cofederate deserters (Yellownecks, as they were called) could have been OK, but here it was not. Slow, poorly shot film is only good for the Florida Everglade views, animals, snakes, gators, jungles, bogs and rivers. The 5 actors are intermittently forgettable ad pathetic. They encounter almost every ordeal on the way and it is obvious which next they will come soon into. Nay, sirs, this was not good in the 50's, it is boring and dull now. What is especially bad, is that we feel no pity for them. The film is cold and bland, and the performance is rather mediocre. Just going slowly and very predictably. You know the end at the very beginning and you know it will be not cool to watch it with any interest. Utterly forgettable and banal

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