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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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27 November 1969 (USA) See more »
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Two mighty stars, Wayne and Hudson, in a Mexican adventure during the Maximilian-Juarez war See more (47 total) »


  (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)

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Film debut of Merlin Olsen.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 »
Cpl. Little George:Oh, no. Not again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Two mighty stars, Wayne and Hudson, in a Mexican adventure during the Maximilian-Juarez war, 18 January 2009
Author: ma-cortes

This moving western has Yankee colonel Henry Thomas (John Wayne) joining forces with Confederate official named Langdon (Rock Hudson), during the post-Civil War and in Mexican territory . Wayne tries to sell wild horses to the French military in Mexico and Hudson leading a wagon train to Durango . Both colonels battling it out toe to toe and side by side across 2000 miles of thundering adventure . They feared no one , Juarista rebels , cut-throat bandits, the armies of Maximilian, as they challenged an angry land and each other . The two big men with reckless courage clash and nothing can match them ,the big men ride and nothing can stop them . Through a thousand dangers and a thousand thrills they fight their glorious way to destiny , conquering desert , risks , savage outlaws , and enemy soldiers.

This agreeable Western packs adventures , silly romance , action , shootouts and historical events about American Civil War and Mexican war between Emperor Maxilimilian and Juaristas . Casting is frankly good, the legendary John Wayne , Rock Hudson . Before filming began, John Wayne had to lose most of the weight he had put on in order to play Rooster Cogburn in True grit (1969). 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 . John Wayne became good friends during the shoot with Rock Hudson and even joked that he'd rather have been born with Hudson's movie star face than his own. Magnificent plethora of secondaries , as usual John Ford's actors , Ben Johnson, Bruce Cabot, John Agar, Harry Carey Jr , among others . Furthermore , ordinary cameraman William H Clothier (Cheyemne Autumm , Man who shot Liberty Valance , Horse soldiers) who creates a luminous and colorful cinematography . Lively and evocative musical score by Hugo Montenegro . The motion picture was well directed by Andrew V. McLagen , a known Ford's disciple . He's a Western expert (McLintock, Shenandoah, Bandolero, Chisum , Cahill , Way west) and warlike genre craftsman (Return to Kai, Wild Geese , Sea Wolves). Rating : acceptable and passable. The movie will appeal to Wayne and Hudson die-hard fans.

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