Custer of the West

Custer of the West

Robert Siodmak (1967)

135min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Intended as an epic spectacle, this became a miscasting mistake. British star Robert Shaw, as the native American-bashing general, is at odds with both accent and character, and the great film noir director Robert Siodmak - Phantom Lady, The Killers - has to make do with an inferior script that mixes fact with fiction. There are some fine battle sequences, though, and Custer's "Last Stand" makes a poignant finale, while Robert Ryan as an army deserter brands the screen with white-hot style.

Summary

Historical biopic based on the life of the American cavalry commander who achieved military success during the Civil War, and was sent to seize land for the US government, ultimately meeting his end at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Starring Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Jeffrey Hunter, Ty Hardin and Lawrence Tierney.

Cast & Crew

George Armstrong Custer Robert Shaw
Elizabeth Custer Mary Ure
Lt Benteen Jeffrey Hunter
Maj Marcus Reno Ty Hardin
Gen Philip Sheridan Lawrence Tierney
Sgt Mulligan Robert Ryan
Lt Howells Charles Stalnaker
Chief Dull Knife Kieron Moore
Director Robert Siodmak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinerama LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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