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Year
1965
Runtime
123 min.
Director
Sam Peckinpah
Genres
Adventure, War, Western
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
4,536
Checks
519
Favs
18
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
3.5% (1:29)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. Rodney Dangerfield's avatar

    Rodney Dangerfield

    The most polished film I've seen of Peckinpah's. Bridges the gap between the traditional western and the more bloodthirsty efforts which would later come. 5 years 7 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Major Dundee, Sam Peckinpah's flawed second film, stars Charlton Heston as a disgraced Union officer tasked with assembling a posse to kill Apache raiders. I really like the first half of the film, but it has real problems following through on its set-up. Several of the most interesting characters fail to complete their arcs or disappear entirely. An unconvincing romance is shoehorned into it, from which point the story completely derails. This extended cut, apparently closer to Peckinpah's intent, I'm sure makes the derailment more justifiable, but in return, makes it more tedious. Ultimately, the Melvillian elements just don't pay off. And personally, while it's thematically sound, the dark cinematography and muddy day-for-night makes certain sequences difficult to understand. There's a great deal to admire however. The relationship between Dundee and the renegade Confederate Captain Tyreen (Richard Harris) is fascinating and leads to all the best scenes in a film that is veritably about the possibility of healing the wound between the North and the South (still relevant in the mid-60s). Heston is a proper cold-hearted badass wound so tightly that he might break at any time (and does). So off to a great start, but then it gets lost. 3 years 10 months ago
  3. neocowboy's avatar

    neocowboy

    Not one of Peckinpah's finest. Found myself losing interest in the middle. 5 years 7 months ago
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In 2 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #51 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
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  2. This movie ranks #657 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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