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Custer of the West (1967)

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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
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
(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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From the fury and chaos of the Civil War to the glory days of the 7th Cavalry the final earth-shaking charge at Little Big Horn! See more »


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Release Date:

24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Custer  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Originally to be directed by Akira Kurosawa, but he pulled out. See more »


The troops of the 7th Cavalry are shown with 1873 Winchester rifles, which were in wide use by 1876, but not by the US Army. Custer's men were armed, as all troopers who did not purchase their own rifles were, with the 1873 Springfield Trapdoor carbine, a single-shot weapon. Had Custer's men been armed with the Winchester, it is possible, though unlikely, that they could have held out until relieved. See more »


Gen. Philip Sheridan: The only good Indian is a dead Indian!
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Music by Bernardo Segall
Lyrics by Robert Shaw
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Interesting portrayal of George Armstrong Custer and his last stand
28 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

The film centers about general Custer (Robert Shaw) and wife (Mary Ure), though takes liberties with historical facts. George Armstrong Custer's career begins when is graduated in the known Military Academy of West Point and after that, he intervened in American Civil War where detaches in battle of Gettysburg. General Sheridan (Lawrence Tierney) assigns him the command a regiment at Fort Abraham Lincoln . In 1869 Custer and his 7th Cavalry carried out the massacre of River Washita where one hundred Indians and their chief Black Kettle were murdered. Two officers (Jeffrey Hunter and Ty Hardin)will help him to face off Indians with the warring chiefs Dull Knife (Kieron Moore),Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse and their tribes Sioux ,Cheyenne, the Awpahla and the Munikhanja until the final battle of Little Big Horn (1876) where was exterminated with his entire command.

This movie well produced by Philip Jordan blends good action scenes, shootouts,adventures and it's quite amusing because happen many deeds and is fast moving and for that reason is neither boring, nor dreary, but entertaining . George Armstrong Custer's complex characterization with an unusual point of view is well performed by Robert Shaw who does a nice embodiment of this Western hero . The final exciting confrontation between Custer army and Indians is spellbound and breathtaking similar to ¨ They died with the boots on (1941) ¨ with Errol Flynn and directed by Raoul Walsh .The film obtained a limited success in spite of the important budget and spectacular sets. Robert Shaw interpretation as a hippie-type, long-haired, is top notch ,unfortunately he early died, this is his the last film . His wife in the real life, Mary Ure also being early dead . Direction by Robert Siodmak is average , in spite of a long career with many cinema classics (Criss Cross,The killers,The spiral staircase, The suspect) and the film is mediocre and is his last film too. Cecilio Paniagua's cinematography is glimmer and fascinating and photographed in Super Technirama 70, the outdoor scenarios are overwhelming , this is the best of the film . Bernardo Segall musical score is sensible and moving and played by Royal Philarmonic orchestra. Splendidly staged battles with obligatory cast of hundreds is realized by the art directors Eugene Lourie and Julio Molina. The motion picture will appeal to biopic enthusiasts and Indians western buffs.

Other adaptations about this historic character culminating in thrilling battle of Little Big Horn are the following : ¨Santa Fe trail¨ by Michael Curtiz with Ronald Regan as Custer ; ¨Great massacre Sioux¨ by Sidney Salkow with Philip Carey as Custer and Iron Eyes Cody as Crazy Horse ; ¨Little Big Man¨ by Arthur Penn with Richard Mulligan as Custer ; ¨Son of the morning star¨ TV miniseries by Mike Robe with Gary Cole.

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