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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.


Ralph Nelson


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




Complete credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... Cresta
Peter Strauss ... Honus
Donald Pleasence ... 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)


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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A Controversial and Savage Western. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The film provided the first motion picture account of the Sand Creek massacre, one of the most infamous incidents in the history of the American frontier, in which Colorado Territory militia under Colonel John M. Chivington massacred a defenseless village of Cheyenne and Arapaho on the Colorado Eastern Plains. See more »


Candice Bergen's character has shaved armpits. This was not a practice for Western women until the twentieth century. See more »


Col. Iverson: When I see young people today behaving like that I just... I can't help wondering what this goddamn country's coming to.
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Alternate Versions

The movie was originally rated "R" by the MPAA. In 1974 a new version was rated "PG" which removed the most graphically violent parts from the massacre as well as a toned down rape scene, but the scene still contained full frontal nudity of a native woman. See more »


Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »


Cresta's Theme
Written by Roy Budd, Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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A hushed up sad chapter in the American history
25 August 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Well, nearly the whole film tells the love story of a woman who has grown up at the Indians and an American soldier as well as their survival in the wilderness. The last 15 minutes however have the same shocking effect other controversial films like "Cannibal Holocaust" or "I spit on your grave" have got: it is shown how the US-cavalry massacres/slaughters an innocent and peaceful Indian tribe, how children get killed or even beheaded, women get raped and tortured to death, how genocide was done in the name of freedom, democracy and liberality. Extremely graphic, shocking and disturbing!!! A positive aspect of "Soldier Blue" is, that this film doesn´t deal with the typical "good Americans/bad Indians"-cliché: in this movie you won´t see a glorious hero like John Wayne riding into the sunset at the end, because "Soldier Blue" shows the darkest side of the American glory..!

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25 September 1970 (Italy) See more »

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