In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., 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.
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
On the audio commentary track, Garner Simmons, author of the book "Peckinpah: A Portrait In Montage", remarks that the character of Sierra Charriba, the renegade Apache in the movie, is loosely based on the real-life Apache warrior chief Vittorio. See more »
The type of howitzer used by Lt. Graham in the M1841 12-pounder Mountain Howitzer, a small but effective piece used primarily as horse artillery. In the final battle, Graham orders that the piece be elevated to 28 degrees; the highest level that can be reached for this piece is ten degrees. See more »
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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Opening credits prologue:
1864 JOURNAL 1865
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 »
Great action, Great Tough Guy Stars, Great Settings
This is one of my three favorite story line movies where a small band of men fight against overwhelming odds, outnumbered 20 to 1. The other two movies are "The Alamo" (every version) and "Zulu" staring Michael Caine. This is the movie where you see all the tough guy actors together (even if you don't know all their names) many before they became better known. The first time I saw this movie was at the Naval Base in Keflavik, Iceland. Our family was stationed there in 1965-66. There wasn't much TV up there so we went to the movies all the time. I saw this movie every time it played. The settings and photography in this movie are great! You have to see this movie to understand that everyone is fighting everyone. The general premise of the movie is a rag-tag group of Union Soldiers, Confederate Prisoners, horse thieves, renegades, and mercenaries who travel into Mexico to fight a band of killer Apache Indians, while Mexico is controlled by 30,000 French Army Soldiers and Legionaires. "Baby, get the popcorn out!" Back in the mid 1970's I was in college at The University of South Florida in Tampa and I remember we were studying for some tests coming up but saw that Major Dundee was on TV that Sunday afternoon so we all stopped to watch it. Let's just say I could have done better on those tests. I had to watch it though since the move didn't play all the time on TV and this was before the VCR had come out. I now own a DVD copy of the movie with the extended version. You have the option to listen to the old music soundtrack or a new one they made for it. Let me tell you "Use The Original Soundtrack" it is so much better. The music is better and there's that little "music-noise-sound" that is heard whenever the Apache Indians are around. You'll know what I am talking about when you watch the movie. This is a great action movie for the guys!
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