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

Maj Amos Dundee Charlton Heston
Capt Benjamin Tyreen Richard Harris
Lt Graham Jim Hutton
Samuel Potts James Coburn
Teresa Santiago Senta Berger
Tim Ryan Michael Anderson Jr
Sgt Gomez Mario Adorf
Aesop Brock Peters
OW Hadley Warren Oates
Sgt Chillum Ben Johnson
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

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