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Custer of the West (1967)

George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.

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Robert Siodmak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Mary Ure ... Elizabeth Custer
Ty Hardin ... Maj. Marcus Reno
Jeffrey Hunter ... Capt. Benteen
Lawrence Tierney ... Gen. Philip Sheridan
Marc Lawrence ... Gold Miner
Kieron Moore ... Chief Dull Knife
Charles Stalmaker Charles Stalmaker ... Lt. Howells (as Charles Stalnaker)
Robert Hall Robert Hall ... Sgt. Buckley
Jack Gaskins Jack Gaskins
Jack Taylor
John Clark John Clark ... Fort Doctor
Fred Kohler Jr. ... (as Fred Kohler)
Bill Christmas Bill Christmas
Luis Rivera Luis Rivera ... Indian Scout
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The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Zinnemann spent a long time preparing this film, but left the project. British director Lindsay Anderson was asked to direct before Robert Siodmak was assigned to it. See more »

Goofs

Custer tells all his men that they are going to do some exercising. When he tells them, every soldier is wearing a yellow scarf around his neck. A second later, the men are running and none is wearing a scarf. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Philip Sheridan: If there's any doubt about the policy of my command, I'll give it to you in one sentence: The only good Indian is a dead Indian. Clear enough?
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Alternate Versions

35mm prints released in both complete and shortened versions. Some shortened versions were titled "A Good Day for Fighting". See more »

Connections

Remake of They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

FOLLOW CUSTER
Music by Bernardo Segall (as Bernardo Segáll)
Lyrics by Robert Shaw
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Brings on the tears
12 March 2005 | by enthusiastSee all my reviews

This is actually a sad movie. I will not mention the end for fear of including a "spoiler", but also I cannot imagine that most American viewers would not already know how it ends.

Though I live overseas now I grew up in the United States in the 1960s (in fact, I still retain my U.S. citizenship). Some of the lines in this 1967 movie are, in fact, anachronisms (they were not in the language in the 1860s or 1870s when this movie was set). The phrase that one U.S. soldier was worth (in combat) 10 Indians was a takeoff on the phrase used at that time in the Vietnam War concerning the kill ratio. Also, the term that General Sheridan used, "Bleeding hearts" comes from the 1960s; not the 1860s. The director of this movie was obviously comparing the moral problems we felt with Vietnam with the same problems the U.S. felt during the Indian Wars a century before. I did not know, of course, any Indian War veterans, but I did know two good men who went to Vietnam and did not come back alive.

Also tearful is the real life love you detect between George and Libby Custer that is portrayed by the real life married couple of Robert Shaw and Mary Ure. Six children between them. She died about ten years later from an accidental overdose of alcohol mixed with sleeping pills. He was so heartbroken that he died a few years later literally of a broken heart.

It is still a magnificent film. The western scenes are indigenous to that part of the United States that it is actually a shock to find out they were filmed not in South Dakota, California, Nevada, Kansas,etc. but rather in Spain!!


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