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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 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.

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of violence against animals | See all certifications »
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The names of the Sergeants are the same names used in _Fort Apache (1948)_ except they are spelled differently. See more »

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The distance from the Mexican border to the Canadian Border is approximately 1500 miles. Assuming that the horses could travel 30 miles per day, this journey would have been approximately 50 days. What did the soldiers do for supplies? Water? While it is possible for five experienced Calvary men to "live off the land", it is not likely that the pursuing mechanized detachment could do so. e mechanized detachment would have run out of fuel, food and spare parts with 7 to 10 days. Furthermore, the mechanized detachment looked too clean in terms of hygiene and clothing after 50 days in the field. See more »

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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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A film about courage, compassion, and with a fulfulling delivery.
26 December 2001 | by (RI, USA) – See all my reviews

The film opens onto a flashback of one of the darker moments of history -- the destruction of WWI veteran camps outside the White House during the Depression. This sets the stage for how a few veteran calvarymen have a stronger sense of personal morale than their fellow men.

Then the present, with an adept young man whose father left a longlasting impression to many men he comes into contact with in a southwestern military base. It's a calvary stronghold, with around 500 horses and a fraction of that in men.

But the seeming low-action utopia ends when a Colonel retires and is replaced by a more ruthless replacement who carries out orders of Gen. MacArthur -- to disband the calvary's traditions [discontinuing sabers] and destroy the spare mounts in a brutal method that reminded me of the WWII concentration camp scenes of horror where Nazis would shoot Jews and bury them in mass graves on top of one another.

The start of this movie is a fast set-up for the rest of the film and does not leave much room for intermission. It's a long journey they undergo, and isn't without the harsh reality of the peril that the renegades face in their decision to rescue the horses.

I was attracted initially because of its history-base, which I'm interested in, and I've learned while being entertained at the same time of what happened within our own borders that might not have attracted everyone's eye, but was brutally savage all the same.

In conclusion, this made-for-TV movie scored an 8 with me and if any of this movie's main elements fascinate you it should be on your agenda to see.


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