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In Pursuit of Honor (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 18 March 1995
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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is NOT actually based on a TRUE story. It was based on A story - that was told by cowboys to writer Dennis Lynton Clark. So, technically it was a tall tale (like Paul Bunyan). The cowboys were working on his father's ranch in Montana during the 1940's. (Reference:.Bob Seals, MilitaryHistoryOnline.com; In Defense of Honor: General Douglas MacArthur and the Horse Cavalry of 1934) 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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24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Besides being an enjoyment for anyone who likes horses, this movie also covers shameful incidents from out nation's history. It identifies several issues that warrant further investigation by anyone interested in U.S. history. These include the rise of General McArthur, the treatment of returning W.W. I Veterans,the difficulty of changing the way war is fought.(an issue today)and the influence of the press.. All of this might shed some light on how decisions are made today by men in power. Excellent acting by some actors who are sometimes not praised enough for their craft. Personally, I would accept more movies of this genre.

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