A National Guard tank crew on war games suddenly find themselves back in time to June 25, 1876 the day General Custer fought and lost to the Sioux at the battle of the Little Big Horn. They report what they've seen and heard but the officer-in-charge is more than a little dubious about what they claim. They return to the area and when the attack begins they join the fight. When the commander goes to locate them, they find something else entirely. Written by
Langsford believes he has killed an Indian when he fires his rifle blindly into a dust cloud. However, soldiers are never issued live ammunition when on training exercises, making it impossible for him to have killed anyone. See more »
June twenty-fifth 1964 - or, if you prefer, June twenty-fifth 1876. The cast of characters in order of their appearance: a patrol of General Custer's cavalry and a patrol of National Guardsmen on a maneuver. Past and present are about to collide head-on, as they are wont to do in a very special bivouac area known as... the Twilight Zone.
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Written by Rod Serling, directed by Alan Crosland Junior and starring Ron Foster, Randy Boone, Warren Oates, Robert Bray and Greg Morris.
We are in good solid Zone territory here as central players are thrust into another period in history, here it's Little Big Horn, June 25th, 1876. The premise has three modern day National Guardsmen, and their tank, out on a training exercise in 1964 suddenly confronted by the sight of wigwams, they hear gunshots, but they see no sign of life?
This being The Twilight Zone it has a couple of surprises in store, with the finale a bona fide twisty thinker. However, it's a sparse production and it's shot through with the sort of incorrectly nostalgic mysticism that so often accompanied tellings of Custer's Last Stand. The "twist" saves it but it should have been much better given the kernel idea. 6/10
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