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In Pursuit of Honor (1995)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama, Western  |  18 March 1995 (USA)
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A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Marshall Buxton
Jessica Stuart
Col. John Hardesty
Sgt. Thomas Mulcahey
Sgt. James Shattuck
Sgt. Sean Quinlain
Col. Owen Stuart
Terence Crawford ...
Maj. Timothy Forrest
Peter Curtin ...
Sgt. Ernest Gruber
Brian McDermott ...
Justin Monjo ...
Capt. Geoffrey Overton
Christopher Dibb ...
Evan Buckley
Nick Holland ...
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Sergeant


A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses. Written by Rob Hartill

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As soldiers they were taught to fight for honor. As men they were willing to die for it.


Drama | Western

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of violence against animals | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Befehl  »

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The names of the Sergeants were often used by John Ford in his films. See more »


When First Sergeant Libbey shoots six of the ailing horses, he is shown pulling back the slide of his Colt .45 Model 1911 automatic pistol before each shot. When firing an automatic pistol, blowback/recoil pushes back the slide, ejecting the spent cartridge, then moving a live round from the magazine into the firing chamber and re-cocking the hammer after each shot. (That's why they're called "automatics".) Pulling back the slide after each shot will eject the fresh round out of the pistol and load the next live round, leaving every other live round on the ground. Not only does this defeat the purpose of an automatic pistol, but since the Model 1911 has a maximum capacity of eight rounds, the highest number of shots he could have fired would have been four. See more »


Sgt. Thomas Mulcahey: Indians riding Cavalry mounts? My grandaddy'd never forgive me!
Sgt. James Shattuck: Well, when you get to hell... don't tell him.
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Not monumental, but worth viewing.
4 June 2000 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be a horse lover to enjoy this film, but it helps. Sensitive viewers may find some scenes hard to watch, particularly the killing of quite a few horses, but otherwise the action is generally mild. The overall feeling of this film is personal honor. It is about people standing up for what they believe is right and just, even at the cost of their own lives and reputations. This moral standpoint is conveyed, but not overdone. This is not a sweet or sappy film at all, but has restrained, masculine expression that I guess is appropriate for the cavalry. In my opinion it lacks any strong characterization, but this is the fault of the writers, not the actors. There is only one female character in the whole film, and I did not find her to be very believable, but the male leads are all appropriate and seem to fit this film. I enjoyed viewing "In Pursuit of Honor" and got wrapped up in it. It has a triumphant ending and leaves you feeling good, suggesting that even in the carnage and cruelty of war, there can be room for humanity.

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