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Elvis plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War for the Confederate army. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend Cathy has married Clint. The family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. Vance is involved in a train robbery, while a Confederate soldier, of Federal Government money. There is a conflict of interest, when Vance tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. Written by
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 9.5 seconds See more »
A Confederate soldier zips up the pants that were taken off Northern soldiers, before zippers were invented. See more »
[Clint has just been shot after defending Vance... Cathy "Kit" Reno rushes to his side and takes him into her arms]
Just lie still.
[gasping for breath]
Kit... where's Vance? I gotta talk to him.
I'm here, Clint.
Vance, I didn't mean it! I swear I didn't mean it...
I know you didn't, Clint. You don't have to tell me. Everything's gonna be all right.
[looks at Kit, then at Vance]
Everything's gonna be all right
[last lines... gasps, then dies... Kit weeps]
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I didn't expect this movie to rise above a campy Western with lots of Elvis thrown in, but I was WRONG! The story is SOLID: Confederate raiders rob Union payroll by overpowering and posing as the Yankee guard. Unbeknownst to them, the Civil War ended the day before and when they come to deliver the cash to a beleaguered Reb HQ, they find out the truth. They keep the cash (natch!), divided squarely, and head for their homes. What follows is alternately surprising, rousing, touching, and even heroic. The love angles and heartbreaks are true without being either overbearing or oversentimental; the chase scenes are mercifully-short; sub-text characters are given enough delineation to evoke interest and sympathy without burdening the main plot. No threads are left dangling, and suspension of disbelief is at a minimum, except (of course) Elvis' swaying hips in 1865 Dixie! The ending was purposedly refinish to accommodating insulted Elvis fans, but it doesn't matter, even if Elvis' hair is a different color than in the film.
Perhaps the least interesting part of the film (for me) was Elvis' singing, although his swiveling never fails to amaze.
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