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Director:
Writers:
James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
Stanley Hough (story)
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Release Date:
27 November 1969 (USA) See more »
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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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Duke Yank and Rock Reb See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. John Henry Thomas

Rock Hudson ... Col. James Langdon
Antonio Aguilar ... Gen. Rojas (as Tony Aguilar)
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 ... Gen. Joe Masters

Royal Dano ... Maj. 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 ... Maj. 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 ... Col. Gomez

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 
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
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
 
Stunts
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 .... orchestrator (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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Runtime:
119 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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:PG | USA:G | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)

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Trivia:
According to director Andrew V. McLaglen, his first choice for the role of Colonel James Langdon was James Arness, who was willing to do it but backed out just before shooting began. Rock Hudson was brought in as his replacement.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The characters, both Mexican and American, keep referring to the war against Maximilian as a "revolution." As the Juarez government had never fled Mexico during the intervention, and consistently insisted it was the lawful government, no loyal Mexican would consider the war a revolution; it was the expulsion of a foreign invader.See more »
Quotes:
D.J. Giles:Wait a minute! I didn't do anything!
John Henry Thomas:You should have!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »

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What was the name of the cat in The Undefeated?
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Duke Yank and Rock Reb, 13 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Civil War is over and it's been pretty costly to both sides. John Wayne has lost nearly every man who volunteered to serve with him and is broke. Rock Hudson who was also a Colonel on the other side went broke financing a regiment of his own and the Yankee carpetbaggers are ready to take over his plantation.

Wayne leads the remainder of his men to capture and tame wild horses to sell. Hudson gets an offer from Emperor Maximilian of Mexico to bring his people and resettle there. He needs all the help he can get to prop up his unpopular government. Hudson is certainly bringing a better quality of Anglo than Burt Lancaster did in Vera Cruz.

When Wayne feels a rip off coming from some middlemen horsetraders, he settles it in the usual Duke fashion and heads to Mexico himself. There the parties of Wayne and Hudson meet and their stories are entwined from then on.

With Wayne and Hudson co-starring, The Undefeated was led by two men who between them were number one at the box office for about a dozen years combined. Wayne was coming off his Oscar winning performance in True Grit. This film was definitely guaranteed an audience.

The story is both men are decent fellows and born leaders. Each is trying to pick up the pieces of civilian life and each is the leader of a party looking to them for leadership. A healthy and mutual respect develops between them despite previous political differences.

Wayne gets a whole load of players who worked with him before for this part. As he grew older he liked to have familiar faces around him. He had the star clout to insure it as well. Ben Johnson, Bruce Cabot, Edward Faulkner, Harry Carey, Jr., are some of the Wayne film veterans here.

Dub Taylor in his only film with the Duke does a very entertaining job as McCartney the cook. Dub did so many westerns when he wasn't doing hillbillies it's amazing that his and Wayne's path crossed only once.

This was also an early film for Jan Michael Vincent who went on to a star career of his own. Two members of the Los Angeles Rams, Roman Gabriel and Merlin Olsen were in this as well. Gabriel played a surrogate son to Wayne and rival for the hand of Melissa Newman to Vincent. Merlin Olsen is also here as a Confederate aide to Hudson. Gabriel decided movies wasn't his thing, but Olsen certainly had a substantial career after football.

The Undefeated has a nice, easy and charming flow to it, just like The Comancheros. Wayne and Hudson work well together in their only joint outing. Less action than you normally have in a Wayne film, but it's mixed in well with some good comic moments.

As Duke said parodying one of his one lines from a previous hit film of his, "Let's Take 'Em to Mexico." You'll like the ride.

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