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The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, War, Western | 12 June 1959 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Dunker - Yankee Scout Who Has Leg Amputated
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Jackie Jo
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The Reverend - Jefferson Military Academy
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Col. Jonathan Miles - CSA
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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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Adventure | War | Western

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Der letzte Befehl  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Ford's only feature film set during the Civil War, although he did direct a segment of How the West Was Won (1962) that was set during the Civil War. See more »

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The film is set in the Spring of 1863 as part of Grant's campaign against Vicksburg, which fell on July 4, 1863. The soldiers discuss their fear of being captured and sent to the notorious Confederate prison at Andersonville, the construction of which started in December 1863. See more »

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Col. John Marlowe: [immediately after Dunker's death] If, if, maybe, perhaps... what's the matter, Medicine Man...
Major Kendall: [throws whiskey in Marlowe's face] Alright, section hand, I've had you! Strip your blouse.
Col. John Marlowe: [Wipes his face] I think you're right.
[Calls out]
Col. John Marlowe: Orderly! Horses!
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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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great scenes, great story, but the film is not as good.
5 October 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When this film starts, you think you are going to see one of Ford's best. The scenes showing the cavalry are on the same level as Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. The story which is based on a true fact, could not be better. There is a scene showing young southern boys attacking, which is one of the best moments I have ever seen on the screen. Where the film goes wrong is in the unconvincing performance of Constance Towers, and the fact that they tried to give too much importance to the part played by William Holden. which really should be secondary. I also missed the presence of Victor McLaglen, Ford could never find someone to replace him. It is a pleasure to see Hoot Gibson, he is even better than when he was young.


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