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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
... Elizabeth Custer
... Maj. Marcus Reno
... Capt. Benteen
... Gen. Philip Sheridan
... The gold miner
... Chief Dull Knife
Charles Stalmaker ... Lt. Howells (as Charles Stalnaker)
Robert Hall ... Sgt. Buckley
Jack Gaskins
John Clark ... Fort doctor
... (as Fred Kohler)
Bill Christmas
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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24 January 1968 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Robert Shaw earned $350,000 for his portrayal of Custer, while his wife Mary Ure received only $50,000 for her turn as Custer's wife. See more »

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When the cavalry chase the Cheyenne through the desert and onto the rocks and the chief "turns into a bird" to escape. The bird is seen to have falconer's jesses (leather straps) on its legs. See more »

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Gen. George Armstrong Custer: I'll make it very simple for you. The fact that we seem to be pushing you clear off the earth is not my responsibility. The problem is precisely the same as when you Cheyenne decided to take another tribe's hunting ground. You didn't ask them about their rights. You didn't care if they had been there a thousand years. You just had more men and more horses. You destroyed them in battle. You took what you wanted, and right or wrong, for better or worse, that is the way things seem to get done. ...
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MARCHING SONG
Music by Bernardo Segall
Lyrics by Will Holt
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Brings on the tears
12 March 2005 | by See 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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