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The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Written by
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Robert Ryan did his brief cameo for free. He was holidaying in Florence and did his three scenes in Madrid as a favor to producer Philip Yordan. After a considerable absence from the screen, Yordan had paid Ryan $150,000 for his role in Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Ryan was extremely grateful. See more »
The sarge leading the guard detail in the forest escapes the attacking Indians by entering the river and running with the logs. As he exits the water we can see a bare foot. Yet, he immediately runs toward the sound of the train wearing his boots. See more »
Gen. Philip Sheridan:
If there's any doubt about the policy of my command, I'll give it to you in one sentence: The only good Indian is a dead Indian. Clear enough?
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Robert Siodmak's account of George Armstrong Custer has been all too readily dismissed as a self important, would-be epic hampered by the miscasting of Robert Shaw in the title role. In fact it is quite an interesting film that gives dimension this notorious historical figure. Shaw's English accent makes him essentially unsuitable for the role of the golden haired, arrogant soldier, but he turns in a typically sound performance that gives the film a solid centre. The script doesn't settle for the clichés of Custer as a brutal Indian hater nor the ridiculous Errol Flynn archetypes, but something in-between. Here Custer is portrayed as a reckless glory hunter and an obsessive fighter certainly, but also as a man who clung to his honour as a soldier. In any case he was an important instrument of the US government's policy of driving the Indians out of their lands to make way for the settlers. "You are paying the price for being backward", Custer explains to an Indian Chief. Robert Ryan's cameo as Mulligan defines Custer's attitude towards humanity while the scene where Custer is asked to endorse an armoured train affirms his honourable notions of a soldier's ideals. Bernado Seagall's music score is superb, performances, particularly Mary Ure as Custer's wife are excellent and there are several memorable scenes that put the events and the man into a wider historical context. Director Siodmak makes good use of wide screen photography, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn makes a poignant finale. The film may be slowly paced, yet it never bores and presents on the whole the film presents a worthy portrait of this infamous historical figure.
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