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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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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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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 sarge leading the guard detail in the forest escapes the attacking Indians by entering the river and running with the logs. As he exits the water we can see a bare foot. Yet, he immediately runs toward the sound of the train wearing his boots. See more »

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Gen. George Armstrong Custer: I'll make it very simple for you. The fact that we seem to be pushing you clear off the earth is not my responsibility. The problem is precisely the same as when you Cheyenne decided to take another tribe's hunting ground. You didn't ask them about their rights. You didn't care if they had been there a thousand years. You just had more men and more horses. You destroyed them in battle. You took what you wanted, and right or wrong, for better or worse, that is the way things seem to get done. ...
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MARCHING SONG
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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