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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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

Columbia constantly meddled with the film, changing the shooting schedule, the budget, the film's final running time, etc, much to Sam Peckinpah's irritation. To accommodate the changes, the script was often rewritten. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the final battle, Captain Tyreen is shown inserting cartridges into what should be a muzzle loading pistol. See more »

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[first lines]
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 »

Connections

References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Laura Lee
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Good But Not As Great As It Could Have Been
18 August 1999 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

The first half of "Major Dundee" is gripping and fascinating. The problem is that the second half doesn't deliver on the build-up. The whole point is supposed to be the pursuit of the Apache, yet the film spends more time getting sidetracked from all this, in particular the scenes of Dundee's injury and descent into drunkenness (and did we really need Senta Berger, since her role is really pointless, despite the visual scenery she adds?) and when the Apache is found, it happens too abruptly. Fascinating supporting characters disappear or are downplayed too much in the second half, and the ending is too abrupt as well. Since the expedition ends up returning after the surrender of Lee and the end of the War, I was surprised there was no scene of Dundee returning to the Fort and offering a final reflection on Tyreen. The film literally cried out for it.

Charlton Heston felt that Dundee should have been more about the issues of the Civil War and had they stuck to this approach all through the film we might have had a great film instead of a merely good one.


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