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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 ... See full summary »

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Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
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Samuel Potts
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Tim Ryan
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Teresa Santiago
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Aesop
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O. W. Hadley
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Sgt. Chillum
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Rev. Dahlstrom (as R. G. Armstrong)
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Arthur Hadley (as L. Q. Jones)
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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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Release Date:

15 March 1965 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mayor Dundee  »

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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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According to Paul Seydor, author of "Peckinpah: The Western Films-A Reconsideration", the original treatment written by Harry Julian Fink contained a great deal of violence and profanity, including the uses of "shit" and "fuck", which would have been forbidden in any screenplay for a film made during the mid-'60s. See more »

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When Ryan and Linda are talking to Tyreen and Dundee in the village, she has a bright red shawl wrapped completely round her, But in the shot as she and Ryan walk away, the shawl has dropped off her shoulders and is held around her upper arms. 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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Music Daniele Amfitheatrof
Lyrics Ned Washington
Sung by Mitch Miller's Sing Along Gang
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Made Up as he went along
22 March 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In his autobiography, Charlton Heston spent more time talking about this film than any other. Some other commentator said that it looked like someone took over the direction. The commentator was very observant. Heston had to take over the direction because Sam Peckinpah just lost interest and began indulging in all kinds of vices down on location in Mexico which I won't get into. Read Heston's book. Suffice it to say that he was unable to go to the set, for any number of reasons.

Heston says that Peckinpah was making it up as he went along and the film sure looks it. The plot just meanders into various situations that this motley crew of Indian fighters encounter. Heston also said that he violated a rule of his own to never start a film without a complete script, something he never did again. The film is an incredible waste of fine talented cast.

Charlton Heston and I both think the film had real possibilities and that Sam Peckinpah was a flawed talent.

If you want to see the film, read Charlton Heston's account of its making.


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