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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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A man too big for legend - A motion picture too big for any screen except CINERAMA [UK theatrical] See more »


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Release Date:

24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)



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2.20 : 1
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British director Lindsay Anderson was asked to direct. See more »


During the Indian raid of the town Fourth of July celebration, we see the attackers swarm into the saloon, where there's a plain wooden wall centered behind the bar. A moment later, a large mirror appears on that same plain wall and falls on an Indian, revealing the scene we just saw a few seconds earlier, which just tells us that the shots were edited out of sequence. See more »


Gen. George Armstrong Custer: [commenting with disgust about the coming industrialization] If this is the future, I don't want any part of it!
Elizabeth Custer: Where does that leave you?
Gen. George Armstrong Custer: With the Indians!
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Music by Bernardo Segall
Lyrics by Will Holt
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Custer of the Waste
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have not seen all of the Custer movies, but this one is certainly NOT the accurate historical portrait/epic that his story begs for. The chief culprits here are the scriptwriters, who seem to have based their scenario on earlier Custer movies instead of serious historical research. They also had to work in some made-for-Cinerama "thrill" sequences that add nothing to the story and seem to go on forever. Shaw, a pretty credible actor, seems to have realized how farcical this effort was and got into the spirit with a performance that is by turns lackadaisical and hammy. His supporting cast -- notably Lawrence Tierney as Phil Sheridan, Ty Hardin as Marcus Reno, and Jeffrey Hunter as Frederick W. Benteen -- also chew the scenery, and as Custer's wife, Mary Ure is apparently under heavy sedation most of the time. My favorite moment of this idiocy, however, comes at the very end, as the director presents the Battle of Little Big Horn as choreographed by Busby Berkeley (only without the overhead shots). Really, if you're a Custer buff, this is only for laughs.

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