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The Undefeated (1969) Poster

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Rock Hudson was asked not to bring his partner on location for the three-month shoot.
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John Wayne became good friends during the shoot with Rock Hudson and even joked that he'd rather have been born with Hudson's movie star face than his own.
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During filming, John Wayne fell from his horse and fractured three ribs. He couldn't work for almost two weeks. Then he tore a ligament in his shoulder and couldn't use one arm at all. Director Andrew V. McLaglen could only film him from an angle for the rest of the picture. Wayne's only concern, throughout, was not to disappoint his fans, despite being in terrible pain.
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Before filming began, John Wayne had to lose most of the weight he had put on in order to play Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969).
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Rock Hudson admitted in a 1980 interview that he thought the movie was "crap", and attributed its box-office success only to the fact that it immediately followed True Grit (1969). However, he had fond memories of the filming because he became a close friend of John Wayne and Roman Gabriel.
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John Wayne liked casting himself against tall actors, so when the 6'7" James Arness became unavailable, he helped cast Rock Hudson, who was at least as tall as he. He also wanted someone to play bridge with, and knew that Hudson was a good bridge player.
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Though the film met with mixed reviews, it is notable as John Wayne's most large-scale movie since The Alamo (1960).
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John Wayne had previously wanted Rock Hudson to star alongside himself in The Alamo (1960).
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According to director Andrew V. McLaglen, his first choice for the role of Col. James Langdon was James Arness, who was willing to do it, but backed out just before shooting began. Rock Hudson was brought in as his replacement. John Wayne had never forgiven Arness for failing to turn up for an interview for a part in his film The Alamo (1960).
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Rock Hudson recalled that John Wayne wore lipstick in the movie, which he applied himself. Wayne told him his lips did not show on film without lipstick.
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Film debut of Merlin Olsen.
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The ending of the film was widely criticized as an anti-climax.
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The stampede scene in the movie started out with 3,000 horses. When the scene was over, they wrangled 2,940 horse in the corral. Cinematographer William H. Clothier said, "Somewhere we lost 60 horses. Those horses took off like goats. We had horses all over Mexico."
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Although the film strongly implies that most Mexicans supported the fight against Maximilian, that is actually not true. The Catholic Church--which wields great influence in Mexico--considered Benito Juarez a troublemaker and a rabble-rouser and strongly supported Emperor Maximilian's rule (it didn't hurt that France, which backed Maximilian, was a strongly Catholic country). In fact, the Church detested Juarez so much that it actually called on Mexicans, who are overwhelmingly Catholic, to join Maximilian's army to fight against Juarez, and many did. As a result, there were actually more Mexicans fighting against Juarez than for him.
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Both Ben Johnson and Dub Taylor would appear in The Wild Bunch (1969), released the same year.
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This was the Christmas Day movie on UK's ITV in 1974.
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Warner Brothers originally bought this in 1961 for Henry King to direct.
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First credited feature film role for Kiel Martin.
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The government buyer D.J. Giles cites riders coming from Brackettville. Brackettville, Texas, USA, is where John Wayne shot The Alamo (1960) which, in addition to starring in, he also produced and directed.
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In a scene where Ben Johnson is discussing the possible whereabouts of John Wayne's adopted son, Blue Boy (Roman Gabriel), and Rock Hudson's daughter, he mentions their possible destination as being the Rio Grande. In 1950, Wayne and Johnson appeared in Rio Grande (1950) for director John Ford.
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Starz incorrectly describes the herd as "cattle" instead of horses.
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First feature film role for Melissa Newman, who portrays Col. Langdon's daughter Charlotte.
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