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Major Dundee [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Mario Adorf, Michael Anderson JR., Senta Berger, James Coburn, Richard Harris
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Run Time: 258.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBWSQZQ

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Major Dundee [Blu-ray]

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By T O'Brien on Feb. 6 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Despite being ripped apart in the editing room, Major Dundee still manages to be a very entertaining western. Supposedly the movie was supposed to clock in at just under three hours, but the editing cut it down to just over two hours. It is a shame that it was mangled so badly since it has a lot of potential.

Major Dundee stars Charlton Heston as Amos Dundee, a Union officer banished to the west for a mistake he made in the heat of battle. Richard Harris co-stars, he steals many scenes, as Confederate officer Benjamin Tyreen, an old friend of Dundee who was betrayed by him at a court martial hearing. Dundee organizes a ragtag bunch of Confederate prisoners, black Union infantry, frontiersman, and Jim Hutton as the bumbling artillery officer, Lt. Graham, assigned to the cavalry, to pursue Sierra Cheriba, a renegade Apache. Dundee's troop runs into the Apache as well as French lancers in Mexico amidst many well-executed action sequences. The final battle in the river should not be missed.
The movie does leave a few parts with no conclusion, but overall the film is well worth the watch. Great supporting cast with James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens and Senta Berger. Great action with good storyline. Too bad the movie got mangled since it is very good even mangled as it is. To all you Peckinpah fans out there, go out and get this movie!
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Format: VHS Tape
Despite being cut to pieces by its penny-pinching producer and then subsequently disowned by its director, MAJOR DUNDEE is a rather well-made antidote of sorts to those John Ford/John Wayne cavalry westerns that came before. Sam Peckinpah, on only his third movie overall and first with a big budget, managed to get enough on screen so that whatever flaws it might have are mostly kept to a minimum.
Heston plays an ambitious Union officer of an Army prison in New Mexico during the last months of the Civil War. When a band of marauding Apache destroy a nearby ranch, its occupants, and a regiment of his own troops, Heston sees a chance to get out of his run-of-the-mill job, for he sees himself as "a professional soldier, not a prison keeper." He assembles a ragtag regiment consisting of civilians, Union officers, negroes, and Confederates to go after the Apache. The pursuit, however, takes Dundee's gang across the Rio Grande into a northern Mexico now occupied by the French. Not only do they have to find the Apache and keep the peace amongst themselves, they also now have to avoid as much contact with the French lancers as well.
The flaws in MAJOR DUNDEE are rather evident. It probably wasn't necessary for a love story involving Heston and a female village doctor (Senta Berger) to be inserted within. And as many reviewers have stated, there are a lot of loose ends in the story that needed connecting, and they all seem to have been left on the cutting room floor. Including them might have made this a 3-hour film instead of just 2 hours and 2 minutes, but MAJOR DUNDEE might actually have been a masterpiece.
Despite the flaws, the film is redeemed by its cast giving solid performances.
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By A Customer on April 3 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I must first confess, that I had never heard of this movie in questions before, i.e., Major Dundee VHS ~ Charlton Heston. However, the movie turned out to a hidden gem (one of those rare gems that one should cherish and not misplace under any circumstances). The plot, storyline and script is well developed and the characters are well developed and the dialogue is very natural; and does therefore not seem forced or phony. I have to agree with another reviewer whom wrote the following " Very fine cast and lavish production make up for overlong, confused story of cavalry officer (Heston) who leads assorted misfits against Apaches. Peckinpah disowned the film, which was re-cut by others. Panavision." Peckinpah should have reconsidered disowning (since just as Kubrick did with Spartacus), Peckinpah disowned a fine movie with an excellent story line, Heston doing what he does best, i.e., playing his role with vigor, fortitude, resolve and with so much swagger, confidence and conviction that one is sure that he was a Major at one point in his life. Definitely a movie that I would recommend as I see it as action packed, intense and definitely a must see movie.
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Format: VHS Tape
Most fans of Charlton Heston know that he made his early career out of playing larger than life historical figures in movies that we now call epics. In this movie Heston plays Major Amos Dundee, a southern born Union cavalry officer who has seen his once promising career plummet when he is assigned as the warden of a federal military prison in the territory of New Mexico in 1864.
In addition to holding off Confederates in neighboring Texas, the 5th US Cavalry was charged with containing marauding Apaches. Short on troops, Heston is forced to recruit among Confederate POWs, who are shown living in absolute squalor in the adobe walled prison. This is not as far-fetched as some would think. During the Civil War, the Union did recruit among Confederate POWs for just this purpose. They were not required to take an oath of allegiance to the United States and they were promised that they would only be used to fight Indians. Many Confederate soldiers did so, if only to get better rations, new clothes and a chance to avoid the disease and misery that permeated the camps.
After Heston recruits his ad hoc force, which includes Confederates, Black Union infantry, frontiersmen and Indian scouts, he sets off in pursuit of the renegade Apaches led by Sierra Charibe. After the Apaches cross the Rio Grande, the small force must deal with not only the marauding Indians, but French troops as well. Remember your history here folks. Shortly after our Civil War began, Emperor Louis Napoleon of France took advantage of the situation and invaded Mexico and violated the Monroe Doctrine. A weakened US government was in no position to deal with the French as it fought against the Confederates at the same time.
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