Rating: 6 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 06/03/2020
Most recently watched by sensoria
Though a fictionalized Western based on George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the film is almost a generic war story covering the enlistment, training, and operational deployment of a group of recruits that could take place in any time period.
Length 112 minutes
An interesting mid-60s western that’s a more cynical take on Custer’s last stand, though fictionalized and not actually naming him. Shot by James Wong Howe and written by Sam Peckinpah, with a young James Caan and national treasure Slim Pickens in great supporting roles.
The cinematography here is good but probably not Howe’s best work. It feels like he was limited by the Northern Mexico location and the plot which spends most of its time on training and romance.