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Kathy Maribel 'Cresta' Lee
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Honus Gent
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Isaac Q. Cumber
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Col. Iverson
Jorge Rivero ...
Spotted Wolf
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Capt. Battles
Bob Carraway ...
Lt. McNair
Martin West ...
Lt. Spingarn
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Pvt. Menzies
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Sgt. O'Hearn
Jorge Russek ...
Running Fox
Aurora Clavel ...
Indian Woman (as Aurora Clavell)
Ralph Nelson ...
Agent Long (as Alf Elson)
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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 Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The order was massacre, and good soldiers follow orders. These soldiers were the best. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence including a rape, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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30 October 1970 (Sweden)  »

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Cuando es preciso ser hombre  »

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SEK 9,163,000 (Sweden)
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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 »

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Candice Bergen's character has shaved armpits. This was not a practice for Western women until the twentieth century. See more »

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Col. Iverson: [to Lt McNair] 'McNair! Raze the village! Burn this... pestilence!'
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Soldier Blue
Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Nice western film with great loads of blood and gore
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie talks a soldier (Peter Strauss) and a woman (Candice Bergen) abducted by Indians and now freed . Later on , they are attacked and will have to face off deal of dangers and taking on a cutthroat weapons smuggler (Donald Plesence) until a final massacre .

In this Vietnam-era Western there are noisy action , shootouts , fights , a love story , extraordinary landscapes and a big deal of gratuitous violence . The film is based on real deeds regarding ¨Sand Creek massacre¨ and there are some remembrance about Vietnam killings and hardship on racial themes by that time . The highlight of the movie , of course , is the Cheyenne massacre with lots of blood and guts , it results to be an authentic butchery and was censured , prohibited , cut , and severely trimmed in some countries . The motion picture is classified ¨R¨ for the cruel murders and isn't apt for little boys, neither squeamish . The violence of its Indian slaughters , in which seemingly every part of the bodies were slice off and blood fountained all over the screen , brought worldwide queues and much criticism in the newspapers . The picture achieved too much success , in spite of violence and crude theme and excessive final brutality . The ending confrontation amongst the cavalry and the hapless Cheyennes is breathtaking and overwhelming.

Peter Strauss interpretation as a naive and innocent ¨Soldier Blue¨ is top notch and Candice Bergen as a reckless and impulsive girl is magnificent . Robert Hauser's cinematography is excellent , the landscapes are glittering and spectacular . Roy Budd's musical score is atmospheric and imaginative . The motion picture is well directed by Ralph Nelson though he develops an extreme ¨exploitation violence¨ in the final episode . Nelson traveled around the world to defend the film , his biggest box-office hit , insisting that the violence was utterly necessary and it was sincerely meant . Rating : Good , though very criticized for gory scenes . Well Catching , 'a must see' for action-starved Indian Western buffs who will enjoy the action and strong themes .


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