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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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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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George Armstrong Custer was one of the Civil War's famous "Boy Generals". Nelson Appleton Miles, Wesley Merritt and Galusha Pennypacker were among the others. They would all be reduced in rank once the war was over, though Miles and Merritt would rise to general rank in the regular Army after the war. 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: [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 Robert Shaw
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Brings on the tears
12 March 2005 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

This is actually a sad movie. I will not mention the end for fear of including a "spoiler", but also I cannot imagine that most American viewers would not already know how it ends.

Though I live overseas now I grew up in the United States in the 1960s (in fact, I still retain my U.S. citizenship). Some of the lines in this 1967 movie are, in fact, anachronisms (they were not in the language in the 1860s or 1870s when this movie was set). The phrase that one U.S. soldier was worth (in combat) 10 Indians was a takeoff on the phrase used at that time in the Vietnam War concerning the kill ratio. Also, the term that General Sheridan used, "Bleeding hearts" comes from the 1960s; not the 1860s. The director of this movie was obviously comparing the moral problems we felt with Vietnam with the same problems the U.S. felt during the Indian Wars a century before. I did not know, of course, any Indian War veterans, but I did know two good men who went to Vietnam and did not come back alive.

Also tearful is the real life love you detect between George and Libby Custer that is portrayed by the real life married couple of Robert Shaw and Mary Ure. Six children between them. She died about ten years later from an accidental overdose of alcohol mixed with sleeping pills. He was so heartbroken that he died a few years later literally of a broken heart.

It is still a magnificent film. The western scenes are indigenous to that part of the United States that it is actually a shock to find out they were filmed not in South Dakota, California, Nevada, Kansas,etc. but rather in Spain!!

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