Major Dundee

Major Dundee

Sam Peckinpah (1965)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Sam Peckinpah's third feature starring Charlton Heston as a Union officer leading a wild bunch of Confederate prisoners, including Richard Harris, to capture an even wilder bunch of marauding Apaches, almost became a major western. However, as with almost all of Peckinpah's pictures, problems arose - the script was reportedly never really finished, let alone polished, and, while Peckinpah had in mind a dark, violent epic about the Civil War, Columbia wanted a bright and breezy cavalry and Indians adventure. When Columbia threatened to fire Peckinpah in mid-schedule, Heston backed him up and offered to return his $200,000 fee. The studio, of course, accepted this rash offer and let Peckinpah continue, though it still cut around 40 minutes of footage. Damaged goods, then, though several sequences have undeniable grandeur.


In the last months of the American Civil War, a Union cavalry officer is entrusted with tracking down an Apache raiding party that has been attacking military bases in Texas. Short on manpower, he is forced to enlist the aid of Confederate prisoners of war, leading to tension in the ranks. Sam Peckinpah's Western, with Charlton Heston and Richard Harris.

Cast & Crew

Major Amos Dundee Charlton Heston
Captain Benjamin Tyreen Richard Harris
Teresa Santiago Senta Berger
Lieutenant Graham Jim Hutton
Samuel Potts James Coburn
Tim Ryan Michael Anderson Jr
Sergeant Gomez Mario Adorf
Aesop Brock Peters
OW Hadley Warren Oates
Sergeant Chillum Ben Johnson (1)
Rev Dahlstrom R G Armstrong
Arthur Hadley L Q Jones
Wiley Slim Pickens
Captain Waller Karl Swenson
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence. Edited for language. Available on: video and DVD