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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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Cast

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Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
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Lt. Graham
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Samuel Potts
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Tim Ryan
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Teresa Santiago
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Sgt. Gomez
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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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Capt. 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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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Lee Marvin was Sam Peckinpah's initial choice for the role of Samuel Potts, but he wanted too much money. Marvin's agent suggested James Coburn for the part, and Coburn ultimately got the role. See more »

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During the fiesta in the village the serape worn by Major Dundee changes from folded up to half folded up while he is being cut in by Lt. Graham. 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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The Minstrel Boy
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore, music traditional
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The films of Sam Peckinpah: A flawed masterpiece.
26 January 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Major Dundee (1965) was a test of wills between Sam Peckinpah and the studio heads, it was also a proto-type for his true master piece The Wild Bunch. The movie seems to be edited by foreign hands and out of place music has been added to the soundtrack. The most annoying thing about this film (besides the bad editing and music) is the narration, it seems so out of place.

Major Dundee is about a drunken battle harden officer who must lead a rag tag bunch of p.o.w.s, prisoners and calvary men across the southwestern desert and into Mexico searching for some "wild Indians". As they travel further and further across the arid plains, the people within the troop discover death, disease and horror along the way. They also learn something about themselves.

What could have been an epic western drenched in booze and blood was sloppily edited so it theaters could fit in more viewings and the content shocked the movie board. This led to Sam Peckinpah to become disillusioned with Hollywood and drift in and out of television before he got another chance at making another film within the studio system.

Recommended for Sam Peckinpah fans, others need not apply.


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