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Major Dundee

  • War
  • Western
  • 1965
  • Sam Peckinpah
  • 130 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western starring Charlton Heston and Richard Harris. At the end of the American Civil War, Major Amos Dundee is determined to wipe out a band of Apaches who have massacred a US Cavalry post. Short of men, he is obliged to take on thieves, renegades, volunteers and his Confederate prisoners who are led by an old enemy, Captain Tyreen.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Major Amos DundeeCharlton Heston
Captain Benjamin TyreenRichard Harris
Teresa SantiagoSenta Berger
Lieutenant GrahamJim Hutton
Samuel PottsJames Coburn
Tim RyanMichael Anderson Jr
Sergeant GomezMario Adorf
AesopBrock Peters
OW HadleyWarren Oates
Sergeant ChillumBen Johnson (1)
Rev DahlstromR G Armstrong
Arthur HadleyL Q Jones
WileySlim Pickens
Captain WallerKarl Swenson

Crew

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DirectorSam Peckinpah

Details

Released on
1965-06-20
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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