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The Undefeated -- 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.


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James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
Stanley Hough (story)
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Release Date:
27 November 1969 (USA) See more »
After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Colonel John Henry Thomas

Rock Hudson ... Colonel James Langdon
Antonio Aguilar ... General Rojas (as Tony Aguilar in opening credits)
Roman Gabriel ... Blue Boy

Marian McCargo ... Ann

Lee Meriwether ... Margaret

Merlin Olsen ... Little George
Melissa Newman ... Charlotte

Bruce Cabot ... Jeff Newby

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Bubba Wilkes (as Michael Vincent)

Ben Johnson ... Short Grub
Edward Faulkner ... Anderson

Harry Carey Jr. ... Webster

Paul Fix ... General Joe Masters

Royal Dano ... Major Sanders

Richard Mulligan ... Dan Morse
Carlos Rivas ... Diaz

John Agar ... Christian
Guy Raymond ... Giles
Don Collier ... Goodyear
Big John Hamilton ... Mudlow

Dub Taylor ... McCartney
Henry Beckman ... Thad Benedict
Víctor Junco ... Major Tapia

Robert Donner ... Judd Mailer

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Escalante (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
James Dobson ... Jamison

Rudy Diaz ... Sanchez
Richard Angarola ... Petain

James McEachin ... Jimmy Collins
Gregg Palmer ... Parker
Juan García ... Colonel Gomez (as Juan Garcia)

Kiel Martin ... Union Runner
Bob Gravage ... Joe Hicks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Faulkner ... Mrs. Anderson (uncredited)
Barbara Faulkner ... Anderson's Daughter (uncredited)
Jan Faulkner ... Anderson's Daughter (uncredited)
Leslie Faulkner ... Anderson's Daughter (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Wagon (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Whit (uncredited)

Hal Needham ... Yankee Corporal at River Crossing (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Yankee Sergeant at River (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
James Lee Barrett (screenplay)

Stanley Hough (story) (as Stanley L. Hough)

Lewis B. Patten  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Montenegro 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi  (as Chester L. Bayhi)
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Edith Lindon .... hairstyling
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (as Leo Lotito)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Clarence Eurist .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound
Richard Overton .... sound
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Feazell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Clyde Hudkins Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Montenegro .... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestration (as Herbert Spencer)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alf Clausen .... music copyist (uncredited)
Alexander Gerens .... music copyist (uncredited)
Ralph Grasso .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: fender bass (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22289) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

During filming John Wayne fell from his horse and fractured three ribs. He couldn't work for almost two weeks. Then he tore a ligament in his shoulder and couldn't use one arm at all. The director, Andrew V. McLaglen, could only film him from an angle for the rest of the picture. His only concern throughout was not to disappoint his fans, despite being in terrible pain.See more »
Anachronisms: After the Civil War (1861-65) when the cowboys are around the campfire, Webster talks of sending a letter and that it could go Pony Express. The Pony Express dissolved in October of 1861. It also did not go into South Texas where the cowboys apparently were traveling.See more »
Shortgrub:Where to, John Henry?
Col. John Henry Thomas:Shortgrub, I've been tryin' for three years to get you to call me Colonel. Now it's too late.
Shortgrub:Where to, John Henry?
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Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Duke and his Yankees bail out Hudson and his rebels., 10 November 1999
Author: yenlo from Auburn, Me

The Civil War is over but certain Confederate units refuse to call it quits. Colonel John Henry Thomas (played by The Duke)and his gang encounters one such band of rebels at the start of this film. Then there is the unit led by Colonel James Langdon played by Rock Hudson. They accept the fact the war is over but decide rather than live under the stars and stripes head out lock stock and barrel for Mexico women and children included. Wayne and his men bid farewell to the Army and set out to make a buck or two rounding up and selling wild horses. Wayne and his men cross paths along the way with Hudson and his refugees which make up the bulk of the story.

It's a little easy to understand Thomas and his men but not so easy to understand the Langdon group. When they encounter trouble it's almost hard as a viewer to have any pity for them.

Wayne gets support from a number of actors who co-starred with him in several of his films. Veteran character actor Dub Taylor is along as a nasty Chuck Wagon driver. Former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Roman Gabriel is cast as a native American who served for Wayne during the war and is now his main man when it comes to tracking, scouting etc. Gabriels Ram teammate Merlin Olsen is also featured as a Confederate soldier who hates to fist fight but is called upon to do so. Decent western John Wayne film all in all. The Confederates may have lost the war but in this film they certainly ate better than the Yankees do.

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