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Major Dundee (1965)

Approved | | Adventure, War, Western | 15 March 1965 (Denmark)
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the US, a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries and scouts.

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Captain Benjamin Tyreen
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Lieutenant Graham
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Samuel Potts
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Tim Ryan
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Teresa Santiago
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Sergeant Gomez
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Aesop
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O. W. Hadley
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Sergeant Chillum
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Reverend Dahlstrom
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Arthur Hadley
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Captain Waller
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Sierra Charriba
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During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas. Written by scgary66

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THE EPIC STORY OF THE GREAT SOUTH-WEST !

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Adventure | War | Western

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15 March 1965 (Denmark)  »

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Sierra Charriba  »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,520 (USA) (8 April 2005)

Gross:

$14,873 (USA) (15 April 2005)
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| (2005 restored) | (unreleased director's cut)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The slow-motion battle scenes were inspired by Seven Samurai (1954). See more »

Goofs

Although Mexico was occupied by French troops during the American Civil War and that occupation was not looked upon kindly by the Lincoln administration, there was never any fighting between the U.S. Army and the French. See more »

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Narrator: In the territory of New Mexico towards the end of the Civil War, an Indian, Sierra Charriba, and his Apache warriors raided, sacked and looted an area almost three times the size of Texas.
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1864 JOURNAL 1865

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In the territory of New Mexico, toward the end of the Civil War, an Indian Sierra Charriba, and his 47 Apache warriors raided, sacked, and looted an area almost three times the size of Texas.

On October 31, 1864, an entire company of the 5th United States Cavalry sent out from Fort Benlin to destroy him, was ambushed and massacred at the Rostes ranch.

We are indebted to Timothy Ryan, bugler 5th United States Cavalry, the company's sole survivor, for his diary, the only existing record of this tragedy and the campaign that followed. See more »

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References My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore, music traditional
Sung when the boys are rescued from the Apaches
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Lost Masterpiece
8 November 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

After the breakthrough success of Ride the High Country(1962), Sam Peckinpah would embark on a journey to Mexico to film a story about an obsessed major on the tracks of some renegade Apaches. Sam Peckinpah was on his way to making a classic until the interference of producer, Jerry Bresler prevented this from happening. The film begins with a prologue describing the massacre that leads to Dundee's quest for revenge. The film focuses on the hostile relationship between Amos Dundee(Charlton Heston) and Ben Tyreen(Richard Harris). Once friends, but now enemies due to the Civil War are reluctant to join forces and go after the Apaches. Major Dundee(1965) has to rank with Greed(1925), Que Viva Mexico(1931), Metropolis(1927), and The Magnificent Ambersons(1942) as some of the most maligned films in motion picture history. Major Dundee(1965) is a good movie that might have been great. This is an example of producers putting their dirty greedy palms where they don't belong.


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