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In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

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Col. John Marlowe
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Maj. Henry Kendall
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Hannah Hunter
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Sgt. Maj. Kirby
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Sgt. Brown
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Cpl. Wilkie
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Col. Phil Secord
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Dunker
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Hoppy Hopkins
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Deacon Clump
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Union Captain
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Jackie Jo
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Virgil
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Commandant
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Col. Jonathan Miles
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Maj. Richard Gray
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Captain
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Union Officer
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Mrs. Buford
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Gen. Steve Hurlburt
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Bugler
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Sheriff Goodbody
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Lukey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarge Allen ...
Union Officer (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Old Soldier in Line (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Otis Courville ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Gen. William T. Sherman (uncredited)
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Prisoner at Newton (uncredited)
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Ned (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Helen Gereghty ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Union Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Major (uncredited)
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Passenger to Newton Station (uncredited)
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Prisoner at Newton (uncredited)
Stan Jones ...
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Kennedy ...
Wrangler (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Sgt. Maj. 'Mitch' Mitchell (uncredited)
Robert Perry ...
Drummer Boy (uncredited)
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Newton Station Bartender (uncredited)
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Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Jan Stine ...
Hoskins - Dying Soldier (uncredited)
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Bugler (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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John Lee Mahin ... (written for the screen by) and
Martin Rackin ... (written for the screen by)
 
Harold Sinclair ... (from the novel by)

Produced by

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John Lee Mahin ... producer (as A Mahin-Rackin Production)
Martin Rackin ... producer (as A Mahin-Rackin Production)
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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David Buttolph

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography (as William Clothier)

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray

Art Direction by

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Frank Hotaling

Makeup Department

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Web Overlander ... makeup artist
Fae M. Smith ... hair stylist (as Fae Smith)

Production Management

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Allen K. Wood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ray Gosnell Jr. ... assistant director
Wingate Smith ... assistant director

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Victor A. Gangelin ... set dresser (as Victor Gangelin)
Sam Gordon ... property

Sound Department

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Jack Solomon ... sound mixer

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Augie Lohman ... special effects (as Auggie Lohman)

Stunts

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Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial ... stunt double: William Holden (uncredited)
Patrick Ford ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Phil Rawlins ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John R. Hamilton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harrold Weinberger ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Beetson Jr. ... wardrobe (as Frank Beetson)
Ann Peck ... wardrobe
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Location Management

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John Veitch ... location manager

Script and Continuity Department

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Stanley Scheuer ... script supervisor
Meta Stern ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Union officers each have different reasons for wanting to be on the mission. Written by John Vogel

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Also Known As
  • Les cavaliers (France)
  • Der letzte Befehl (Germany)
  • Missió d'audaços (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Misión de audaces (Spain)
  • Ratsuväen urhot (Finland)
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  • 120 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The film marked the beginning of mega-deals for Hollywood stars. John Wayne and William Holden received $775,000 each, plus 20% of the overall profits, an unheard-of sum for that time. The final contract involved six companies and numbered twice the pages of the movie's script. The film, however, was a financial failure, with no profits to be shared in the end. See more »
Goofs Union soldiers are using Springfield breech-loading carbines, but these didn't appear until at least 1871, five years after the war's end. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971). See more »
Soundtracks I Left My Love See more »
Quotes Major Kendall: I don't understand a man like Miles giving up that easily.
Col. John Marlowe: Maybe losing that arm took some of the fight out of him.
Major Kendall: No... the man I knew could lose both arms and still try to kick you to death.
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