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Custer of the West (1967)

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
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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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From the fury and chaos of the Civil War to the glory days of the 7th Cavalry ...to 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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Did You Know?


When Fred Zinnemann was preparing his Custer movie for Fox, it was going to be called "The Day Custer Fell". This was back in 1965 and Robert Mitchum was signed to play the lead, and Toshiro Mifune was to play Sitting Bull. Budget concerns lead to this expensive project getting cancelled. See more »


The Cavalry troops throughout the film are depicted with full battle flags. In fact, they should have been flying cavalry flags, which are swallow-tailed. See more »


Gen. Philip Sheridan: You know, you could become a living legend... or get yourself killed. Dead men make better legends.
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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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