During the Civil War era, practically all men had beards or bushy moustaches. None of the men in this film had facial hair.. See more »
We got a Yank in here?
Sgt. Mercer Barnes:
Now, Texas, there's an old sayin' among soldiers - when the minie balls is flyin' and the artillery is hotter than hell, there ain't no such thing as an enemy. Besides he was here in first - it don't seem neighborly to throw him out now.
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James Caan is the star of this interesting but far from great movie. Off his role in El Dorado with the Duke & Mitchum I suppose he earned the role as chief Buck. It's a film about the loss of youth and growth into manhood. It's unclear just how experienced Caan is, particularly with the ladies, but clearly he is capable of Caaning his way into the best bed in Shreveport. The love scenes are handled with more romanticism and yes love, than you'd expect in a near B film.
The film does seem to reflect the unhappiness and questioning of the then ongoing Viet Nam war, yet our band of 7 from Texas for the main, soldier on until death accomplishing nothing but filling their duty and being honorable men. They come to question slavery and therefore the basis of the war but aren't able to do anything about it. In that sense the film is believable. I like Caan's performance although not his haircut. He is the strong, silent type but with plenty of charm.
It's his movie and he does alright. A great cast of actors not yet at their peak.
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