Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive. The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths and cowards all hate Capt. Lance and wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge and leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive.
E.W. DesMarais <firstname.lastname@example.org>
THEY WERE SIX AND THEY FOUGHT LIKE SIX HUNDRED! (original print ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
Trooper Onstott, referred to as a "Reb from a prison camp", would have been what was known as a "galvanized Yankee," a term used only during the Civil War between for Confederate POWs who took the oath of loyalty to the US, and were sent west to protect the frontier. Therefore, the movie takes place during the Civil War. Another film that used that same practice as part of its story line was Two Flags West
(1950). See more
When Cpl. Gilchrist tells Trooper Saxton to go get him a new pick, Saxton places his shovel against the stone wall and leaves, you can plainly see the shovel start to fall. The next shot shows Saxton (below) and Gilchrist (above), but no shovel on the ground. See more
Sgt. Ben Murdock
Five years I've been in the Army, and I get captured on account of a dirty Reb.
Referenced in L'important c'est d'aimer
Little Brown Jug
Written by Joseph Winner
Played by a harmonica player in the barracks See more