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The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Drama | 1 September 1965 (USA)
A somewhat different take on Custer's motivation that changed him from a defender of Native-American rights into a politically-driven , headlines-seeker chastiser of the Sioux during the 1870s.


Sidney Salkow


Marvin A. Gluck (screenplay) (as Fred C. Dobbs), Sidney Salkow (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cotten ... Major Reno
Darren McGavin ... Captain Benton
Philip Carey ... Colonel Custer
Julie Sommars ... Caroline Reno
Nancy Kovack ... Libbie Custer
John Matthews John Matthews ... Dakota
Michael Pate ... Sitting Bull
Don Haggerty ... Senator Blaine
Frank Ferguson ... Gen. Alfred Howe Terry
Stacy Harris ... Mr. Turner
Iron Eyes Cody ... Crazy Horse
House Peters Jr. ... Reporter
John Napier John Napier ... Tom Custer
William Tannen ... Miner
Blair Davies Blair Davies ... Presiding Officer


A look at what happened to Custer and his troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Custer, an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into retirement. Fueled by ambition when a senator convinces him to run for president, Custer decides to upstage General Terry at Little Big Horn. Written by Anonymous

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Throughout the movie the name of Custer's subordinate is incorrectly being pronounced as "Benton" when his name actually "Benteen" See more »


The film shows General Terry arriving with his men to save the day. In reality, he arrived long after the battle was over. See more »

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Chronic attempt to retell Custer's Last Stand
13 June 2011 | by donaldkingSee all my reviews

A massacre indeed. A lot of it seems to have been cannibalised from much better (and certainly bigger budget) efforts; an expert on Westerns could soon tell you exactly which ones. Joseph Cotten is supposed to be playing a drunk, but one begins to wonder where acting ended and reality started. Darren McGavin and Philip Carey (as Custer) are just awful. The Indians are strictly of the 'Carry On Cowboy' variety, and one almost wished Sid James & Charles Hawtrey to appear in order to relieve the tedium of the proceedings. Any intention of presenting the Sixties 'Red Indians' as 21st Century 'Native Americans,' and any attempt to portray Custer's complicated character, are defeated by the awful script and poor technical standards. This is not Custer's Last Stand at all, but a very lumpy custard that is impossible to swallow.

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Release Date:

1 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Custer Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Pendleton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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