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Soldier Blue (1970)

After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Theodore V. Olsen (novel), John Gay (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... Kathy Maribel 'Cresta' Lee
Peter Strauss ... Honus Gent
Donald Pleasence ... Isaac Q. Cumber
John Anderson ... Col. Iverson
Jorge Rivero ... Spotted Wolf
Dana Elcar ... Capt. Battles
Bob Carraway Bob Carraway ... Lt. McNair
Martin West ... Lt. Spingarn
James Hampton ... Pvt. Menzies
Mort Mills ... Sgt. O'Hearn
Jorge Russek ... Running Fox
Aurora Clavel ... Indian Woman (as Aurora Clavell)
Ralph Nelson ... Agent Long (as Alf Elson)
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Storyline

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta, and his disgust for her anti-American beliefs. They reach the cavalry campsite on the eve of an attack on a Cheyenne village, where Honus will learn which side has really been telling him the truth. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Stained with the blood of the innocent. See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a rape, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando es preciso ser hombre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of James Hampton. See more »

Goofs

Candice Bergen's character has shaved armpits. This was not a practice for Western women until the twentieth century. See more »

Quotes

Col. Iverson: When I see young people today behaving like that I just... I can't help wondering what this goddamn country's coming to.
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Alternate Versions

The movie was originally rated "R" by the MPAA. In 1974 a new version was rated "PG" which removed the most graphically violent parts from the massacre as well as a toned down rape scene, but the scene still contained full frontal nudity of a native woman. See more »

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Soundtracks

Battle Cry of Freedom
(uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Sung by John Anderson (Colonel Iverson) and heard as a theme at the end of the film
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An unforgettable variation on the theme "How the West was won".
3 August 2000 | by aj_barrosSee all my reviews

I cannot describe the impact that this film had on me. The warmth of the relationship that slowly develops between Honus and Cresta leaves you totally unprepared for the violence of the attack on the Cheyenne village and the scene hits you like a ton of bricks. I saw this film (in Europe) with my ex-wife and none of us could speak a word until we arrived back home, some 30 minutes after the film ended. An interesting variation to "How the West was Won" that I will never forget,


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