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The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 September 1965 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


Sidney Salkow


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

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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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Blood-Vengeance Clashed With Custer's Cavalry!




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Release Date:

1 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre at the Rosebud See more »

Filming Locations:

Pendleton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


"Major Benton" is obviously based on Major Frederick Benteen, but his actions in this film do not relate very directly to his historic basis. Benteen may have hated Custer, but was too professional a soldier to strike his commanding officer, no matter how much he wanted to. See more »

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hardly a prairie turkey
28 September 2005 | by soccermanzSee all my reviews

I write this having read two damning criticism of a film which was strong enough for me to watch the whole way through. Living in the age of televised war games where tens of thousands of warriors can be immediately created remember that just 271 members of the Seventh Cavalry died at the Battle of the Big Horn. Presumably equally divided into three bands of ninety for reasons which I have yet to fathom although the politicking glory hunting which drove Custer to get there first was perhaps the driving theme of this film which must have cost its producers a fortune as it was clearly shot mainly in uninhabitable shrub land and certainly not in the gold bearing rocks of Dakota. And was it closer to the truth than so many other attempts ? it suspect so as luck - sorry Gluck - the screenwriter - would have it ? So apart from Sitting Bull speaking perfect English and the redemption of Joseph Cotton from drunken hater of almost everything to a credit to the US Army I have little complaint with what was a slight thought provoking 90 Minutes.

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