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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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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 »
While signing the letter during his opening conversation with Custer, General Sheridan identifies himself as the Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac. Sheridan never commanded the Army of the Potomac, and was the Commanding General of the Army of the Shenandoah at the end of the Civil War. (George G. Meade was the Commanding General of the Army of the Potomac for the last two years of the Civil War until its deactivation.) 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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Interesting portrayal of George Armstrong Custer and his last stand
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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