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The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | July 1959 (USA)
In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Union officers each have different reasons for wanting to be on the mission. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Three people on the film, including John Ford's son Patrick Ford, suffered broken legs. See more »

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After the scene with the sheriff and confederate deserters, Kendall tells Miss Hunter that there's no figuring Marlowe. Kendall's rank strips appear to be blue. A doctor's strips were green. See more »

Quotes

Union Soldier: They're just kids from a military school.
Soldier: Yeah, but they keep comin'.
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Referenced in Sesión continua (1984) See more »

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Music by J.P. Webster
Lyrics by Henry D.L. Webster
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Where was Maureen O'Hara when casting this one???
2 November 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I have high praise for THE HORSE SOLDIERS, an absorbing, excellent Civil War movie about the Union cavalry during combat and based on some actual battles according to historians. The only flaw seems to be the casting of Constance Towers as the flirtatious, spirited Southern lady who becomes the unwilling captive of Col. John Marlowe (John Wayne) when he discovers that she is a Confederate spy. She goes along for the ride and provides the film's love interest. While she's certainly a capable enough actress, it's the sort of role that cries for a hot-tempered Maureen O'Hara who must have been busy in another role to pass up this choice romantic lead.

It's the sort of Ford film that must have been hard on the actors, riding through swamps on horseback and engaging in fierce battles when pursued by Rebel forces. William Holden has some wonderful moments as a doctor who is constantly bickering with John Wayne. Their exchanges provide plenty of tension and humor--and both actors are at their best under Ford's direction.

A good Civil War western combining magnificent photography, good performances and some rousing battle scenes. The horrors of war are not ignored and there are some sentimental moments that never strike a false note.


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