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