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The Undefeated (1969)

 -  Western  -  27 November 1969 (USA)
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After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »

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After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety. Written by Alfred Jingle

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John Wayne liked casting himself against tall actors, so when the 6'7" James Arness became unavailable, he helped cast Rock Hudson, who was at least as tall as he. He also wanted someone to play bridge with, and knew that Hudson was a good bridge player. See more »

Goofs

When John Henry Thomas and Colonel Langdon meet for the first time, Colonel Langdon makes reference to Colonel Thomas' cavalry being with Custer at Gettysburg. Thomas was also supposed to be at the Battle of Shiloh. Further, it is obvious from the beginning of the movie that Thomas was a colonel of volunteers (not a regular officer). None of the volunteer cavalry at Shiloh was at Gettysburg, so Thomas' unit could not have been present at both battles. See more »

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Col. John Henry Thomas: [Thomas has just learned that the war ended several days before] Major, I've just received word that Lee surrendered to Grant three days ago.
Maj. Sanders, CSA: Yes, sir.
Col. John Henry Thomas: You knew it?
Maj. Sanders, CSA: We received the news yesterday.
Col. John Henry Thomas: I don't think you understand, Major, the war is over.
Maj. Sanders, CSA: NO, sir.
Col. John Henry Thomas: Are you telling me that you intend to keep fighting?
Maj. Sanders, CSA: Haven't we just proven it, sir?
Col. John Henry Thomas: But why?
Maj. Sanders, CSA: Because this is our land, and you're on it.
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Major, I don't think you realise that the war is over.
10 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Undefeated is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and adapted for the screen by James Lee Barrett from a story by Stanley L. Hough. It stars John Wayne & Rock Hudson, features a musical score by Hugo Montenegro and William H. Clothier provides the South Western cinematography.

Much yee-hawing and lots of patriotic fervour, The Undefeated is a fun and undemanding way for the Western fan to spend a couple of hours. Plot basically revolves around some post Civil War rivalries between Union and Confederate leaders played by Wayne and Hudson respectively. Both men and the groups they have under their control, get mixed up in the Maximillian/Juarez revolution in Mexico. Cue moral quandaries, big decisions and life affirming human interests; as McLaglen (aided by Wayne apparently) directs unfussy without pushing the envelope of Western directing. True enough at times the tone is uneven, it's hard to tell if it's meant to be light hearted or serious during some passages (kind of why John Ford was a genre master since he could achieve it comfortably), and some casting decisions are rather baffling (hello Roman Gabriel); but it's all very spirited, especially Hudson, to round it out as a solid genre offering from the late 1960s. 6.5/10


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