After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two ...
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In Apache territory, a supply army column heads for the next fort, an ex-scout searches for the killer of his Indian wife, and a housewife abandons her husband in order to re-join her Apache lover's tribe.
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the US, a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries and scouts.
After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta, and his disgust for her anti-American beliefs. They reach the cavalry campsite on the eve of an attack on a Cheyenne village, where Honus will learn which side has really been telling him the truth. Written by
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Original workprint of the movie was 135 minutes long. When it was test screened to the audience, they almost started a riot after watching this version. This was the only time that full uncut version was shown, and it caused for studio to decide that it was unreleasable unless massive cuts are made on the film's violent scenes. Some of these cut and never included in any official version scenes include; shots of Indian woman's breasts being sliced off and thrown around, children's limbs graphically severed (real amputees were employed for these shots), a little girls legs cut off by wagon wheels, soldier gleefully cutting an Indians arms off before shooting another Cheyenne in the eye and also the fate of Spotted Wolf who has his head separated from his torso and soldier hoisting his prize into the air before tossing it to another who then throws it off camera. Spotted Wolf's head attached to the stirrup of a cavalryman is still shown in the film, and there are stills showing his mutilated body laying on the ground without the head and four cavalry men running around with his severed head in their hands howling and laughing while blood is spurting from the neck stump. See more »
Candice Bergen's character has shaved armpits. This was not a practice for Western women until the twentieth century. See more »
When I see young people today behaving like that I just... I can't help wondering what this goddamn country's coming to.
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In its unedited form(amazingly available in censor happy Britain)this is a remarkable movie that once seen is difficult to ever forget.From its eyecatching opening credits accompanied by the heartfelt rendering of the title song by Buffy Saint-Marie to its graphic close,"SOLDIER BLUE" is the masterwork of journeyman director Ralph Nelson. The movie culminates in the notorious Sand Creek massacre when the U.S.cavalry exterminated a peaceful Indian village with very extreme prejudice.The images of carnage here remain vividly grotesque and etch the movie into the mind of the viewer. To get to this point,however,we are treated to the growing romance of the two leading players.Candice Bergen never had a better role than here as Cresta Lee,a far from typical western heroine and Peter Strauss as naive Honus Gant;the "soldier blue" is nothing short of wonderful and seems to grow from boy to man before your eyes as he realises the grim realities of the cause he has eschewed.This actor,always worthy of note,never made it big in the cinema.On the basis of his performance here he most certainly deserved to. His rendering of Tennyson's "THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE" over the bodies of his dead comrades is a heart-breaking moment and he handles his love scene in a cave with Bergen with remarkable tenderness.Donald Pleasance also scores points as a particularly nasty villain that Cresta and Honus meet on their journey.All supporting roles are very well played and the music by Roy Budd is also worthy of note,a very pleasing score indeed. "SOLDIER BLUE" is a film awaiting rediscovery,it is better than anything directed by John Ford and this poignant,beautiful and bloody tale should be viewed by everyone;young and old alike.
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