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Soldier Blue (1970)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Kathy Maribel 'Cresta' Lee
Honus Gent
Isaac Q. Cumber
Col. Iverson
Jorge Rivero ...
Spotted Wolf
Capt. Battles
Bob Carraway ...
Lt. McNair
Martin West ...
Lt. Spingarn
Pvt. Menzies
Mort Mills ...
Sgt. O'Hearn
Jorge Russek ...
Running Fox
Aurora Clavel ...
Indian Woman (as Aurora Clavell)
Ralph Nelson ...
Agent Long (as Alf Elson)


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 <>

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The most savage film in history! See more »

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

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Release Date:

30 October 1970 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando es preciso ser hombre  »

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SEK 9,163,000 (Sweden)

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First film as a composer for Roy Budd. See more »


The voice-over at the end of the film describes the events we have just witnessed as taking place in 1864.However,earlier in the movie Honus tells Cresta that his father was killed at the battle of Little Bighorn which occurred in 1876. See more »


Honus Gent: I'm going to sleep.
Kathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta': You do that, soldier. And you try to keep your mind off me.
Honus Gent: Ms. Lee, I certainly have at no...
Kathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta': Oh, I know. If you get too all-fired horny during the night, just go soak your head in the stream over there.
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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »


Soldier Blue
Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Great piece of work!
15 August 2001 | by (Leicester Square) – See all my reviews

I had this film recommended to me by my mother. I started watching it, after I recorded it a while back from TV, and thought what the hell is this?! At first it looked like a romantic silly comedy and I was about to turn it off, well I wasn't far from.

As the movie went by however (believe the Swedish version was like 130 minutes or so) it became only better and better as Strauss (very underrated) and Bergen became more and more involved in the situation of the Indians and 'Spotted Wolf'.

The end of the movie was obviousley very very sad but in the same time I also think it was the ONLY POSSIBLE ending.

Strauss, as the naive soldier blue, was brilliant. He sort of grew up and matured during the movie as it went by and realised the opressment of the native aMERICAN people. Maybe it meant that the soldiers of yesterday (and today?) are sometimes very blind and do not know what they are really fighting for. Freedom? Money? Honour? It's a huge subject and I will not go into it more.

Overall this is a great piece of work which I can recommend wholeheartly to everyone.

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