Custer of the West (1967)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  24 January 1968 (USA)
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George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The gold miner
Kieron Moore ...
Chief Dull Knife
Charles Stalmaker ...
Lt. Howells (as Charles Stalnaker)
Robert Hall ...
Sgt. Buckley
Jack Gaskins
Jack Taylor
John Clark
(as Fred Kohler)
Bill Christmas
Luis Rivera


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 Jim Beaver <>

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24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)



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2.20 : 1
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Fred Zinneman spent a long time preparing "Custer of the West" but left the project. British director Lindsay Anderson was asked to direct before Robert Siodmak was assigned to it. See more »


At c.14 minutes the roads are far too modern in construction for the film's late 1860s setting. See more »


Gen. George Armstrong Custer: War isn't just killing, you know. It's a contest. It's a man against a man.
[indicates a Gatling gun]
Gen. George Armstrong Custer: That's a machine! Personal courage wouldn't count. Honor, duty, loyalty - everything a soldier lives by - would be wiped out. All you would have left is statistics. How many men would the machine murder today? One hundred? One thousand? Ten thousand? If this is the future, I don't want any part of it.
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Music by Bernardo Segall
Lyrics by Will Holt
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Movie Re-writes History, Poorly...
25 January 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I'll make this short and sweet, on second thought, I'll try to! For anyone who has studied history and even scanned a chapter about Custer, could tell that this story line seemed to be made-up as it went along. I have watched this movie only once, and that was more than enough. I understand Hollywoods need to add to, or change charactors or situations to sell a movie. BUT, when they feel the need to give Gen. Armstrong Custer an english accent, Wow!!! Flags went up as soon as he spoke. Ok, ok, overlook that. The thing that gets me the most is the way this movie seems to change the man, to what (I Guess) they wish he was. That too can be overlooked. But, when you change history around to such extremes as, lets pick on the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The way it is acted out is not only corny, but totally oblivious to the truth. The movie has Custer confronting the Indians right before the battle, (According to both versions{The Indians & The Whites} of history, HE DIDN'T).In the movie he didn't flee up the hill(as he did inreal life), away from the village, then finally dismount at almost the top of a hill, surrounded, there to die, and where some mutilations took place.Custer, being the last man standing(YEA, RIGHT!), gets an offer from the chief to let him go, (There was no, I repeat NO SUCH OFFER!) as there was in the movie. Enough you say, there had to be some good. Robert Ryan, in his, much to small a part, was, as usual top notch. However, the story being sooo far fetched ruined it for me. MY RATING: For the valid attept to make a movie,I give 1 Star, Add 1 Star for some decent Charactor Actors, & add 2 for Robert Ryans far too few moments. But, I have to subtract 1 just becaus they thought we wouldn't notice the english accent. 3 Out of 10 STARS

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