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Soldier Blue (1970)

After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

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Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Theodore V. Olsen (novel), John Gay (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... Kathy Maribel 'Cresta' Lee
Peter Strauss ... Honus Gent
Donald Pleasence ... Isaac Q. Cumber
John Anderson ... Col. Iverson
Jorge Rivero ... Spotted Wolf
Dana Elcar ... Capt. Battles
Bob Carraway Bob Carraway ... Lt. McNair
Martin West ... Lt. Spingarn
James Hampton ... Pvt. Menzies
Mort Mills ... Sgt. O'Hearn
Jorge Russek ... Running Fox
Aurora Clavel ... Indian Woman (as Aurora Clavell)
Ralph Nelson ... Agent Long (as Alf Elson)
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After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta, and his disgust for her anti-American beliefs. They reach the cavalry campsite on the eve of an attack on a Cheyenne village, where Honus will learn which side has really been telling him the truth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Stained with the blood of the innocent. See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a rape, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando es preciso ser hombre See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film as a composer for Roy Budd. He was only 23 at the time. See more »

Goofs

The voice-over at the end of the film describes the events we have just witnessed as taking place in 1864.However,earlier in the movie Honus tells Cresta that his father was killed at the battle of Little Bighorn which occurred in 1876. See more »

Quotes

Col. Iverson: [to Lt McNair] 'McNair! Raze the village! Burn this... pestilence!'
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Alternate Versions

The original pre-certified UK video version, released by Magnetic Video in the early-'80s, runs 109m 34s (video time) and appears to be the longest version of the film ever issued in the UK. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Naughty! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Fields Of Green And Skies Of Blue
Written by Roy Budd, Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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An unforgettable variation on the theme "How the West was won".
3 August 2000 | by aj_barrosSee all my reviews

I cannot describe the impact that this film had on me. The warmth of the relationship that slowly develops between Honus and Cresta leaves you totally unprepared for the violence of the attack on the Cheyenne village and the scene hits you like a ton of bricks. I saw this film (in Europe) with my ex-wife and none of us could speak a word until we arrived back home, some 30 minutes after the film ended. An interesting variation to "How the West was Won" that I will never forget,


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