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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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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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24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Robert Shaw earned $350k for his portrayal of General Custer while his wife, Mary Ure, received only 50k for her turn as Custer's wife. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Gen. Philip Sheridan: The only good Indian is a dead Indian!
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MARCHING SONG
Music by Bernardo Segall
Lyrics by Will Holt
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Very Watchable
18 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Custer of the west has more than its fair share of detractors, generally citing historical inaccuracy, but as entertainment, this film has really got it going on. The remarkable thing about COTW is the character assessment of Custer himself, between the Errol Flynn film of the 40's and this version from the late 60's, the goal posts had been moved to accommodate the hopeless position of the Native-American tribes (not before time!) and the film at least shows 'Yellow hair' questioning his government's policy towards the Indians. Also Custer is not portrayed as a legend so much as a glory hunter who gets the job done, but deplores the new technology brought in to quell (and ultimately destroy) the tribes. The Libby story-line doesn't get in the way of the action, and the relationship between Sherman and Custer is explored more deeply. Other people have commented on Robert Shaw's 'British' accent, but as an Englishman I don't think he sounds at all British, and besides, in 1865 the average US citizen would have sounded a lot more English. I love westerns and this movie is in my top 10, and for all the folks that moan about historical inaccuracy, perhaps you should watch Braveheart, if you want the truth bent out of all proportion


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