Major Dundee [Blu-ray]

Major Dundee [Blu-ray]

Director: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Daniele Amfitheatrof
Daniele Amfitheatrof
, Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Richard Harris
Richard Harris
, Michael Anderson Jr.
Michael Anderson Jr.
Sam Peckinpah
Major Dundee [Blu-ray]

Major Dundee [Blu-ray]

Director: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Daniele Amfitheatrof
Daniele Amfitheatrof
, Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Richard Harris
Richard Harris
, Michael Anderson Jr.
Michael Anderson Jr.
Sam Peckinpah

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Overview

Sam Peckinpah's 1965 feature Major Dundee was recut and rescored for re-release theatrically in 2005, 40 years after its original release. The "Extended Version," as it is known officially, tells essentially the same story as the original but with clearer motivations for the characters (which often seemed vague or obscure in the 1965 edition) and much greater effectiveness. Major Amos Charles Dundee (Charlton Heston) is a West Point graduate who somehow -- it's not clear -- exceeded his orders while serving in the Battle of Gettysburg and, as punishment, has been taken out of combat and put in charge of a Union prison in New Mexico. He then gets word that marauding Apaches under Sierra Charriba (Michael Pate) have raided an American settlement, slaughtering the troops who were pursuing them and kidnapping three young boys, whom they've taken to their lair south of the Rio Grande (and if this sounds a lot like the plot of John Ford's Rio Grande, it's because they used the same story as inspiration). Dundee assumes responsibility for capturing or destroying the raiders and rescuing the captives, but because he has far too few men, he's forced to recruit prisoners, including his one-time friend, Confederate Captain Benjamin Tyreen (Richard Harris), and other "gentlemen of the South," to fill out his ranks. Tyreen and his men despise Dundee, but agree to serve on this mission in exchange for the chance for possible pardon of commutation of sentence (Tyreen and some of his men are facing the rope, for killing a guard in an escape attempt). The mission takes them deep into Mexico, where they free the children but now find themselves being stalked by the very Apaches that they were hunting, as well as having to fight off the French troops stationed there. And as they quickly see, the French troops, though white and supposedly "civilized" like themselves, treat the native Mexicans in ways that make the Apaches look almost saintly. In the end, this ragtag group of soldiers, malcontents, deserters, traitors, and criminals finds a larger cause in their quest -- bigger even than their own survival -- as they discover something uniquely fine and honorable in being an American, and in American ideals. It takes the sacrifice and deaths of many to get to that point, but the movie -- in this version -- gets us there convincingly, if in decidedly grim and bittersweet fashion. Though based on fiction and shot under incredibly (indeed, legendarily) chaotic conditions, the movie ultimately proves to be a rousingly disturbing examination of what it means to be an American, and the meaning of American ideals.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2022
UPC: 0760137821083
Original Release: 1965
Source: Arrow Video
Language: English
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 4,369

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Maj. Amos Charles Dundee
Richard Harris Capt. Benjamin Tyreen
Michael Anderson Jr. Tim Ryan
Jim Hutton Lieutenant Graham
James Coburn Samuel Potts
Senta Berger Teresa Santiago
Mario Adorf Sgt. Gomez
Brock Peters Aesop
Warren Oates O.W. Hadley
Ben Johnson Sgt. Chillum
R.G. Armstrong Rev. Dhalstrom
L.Q. Jones Arthur Hadley
Slim Pickens Wiley
Karl Swenson Capt. Waller
Michael Pate Sierra Charriba
Dub Taylor Priam
Albert Carrier Capt. Jacques Tremaine
Jose Carlos Ruiz Riago
Aurora Clavel Melinche
Begonia Palacios Linda
Enrique Lucero Dr. Aguilar
Francisco Reiguera Old Apache
Francisco Reyguera Old Apache
Michael Anderson Tim Ryan
John Chandler Jimmy Lee Benteen

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director,Screenwriter
Harry Julian Fink Screenwriter
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Jerry Bresler Producer
Augie Lohman Special Effects
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