Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Major Dundee (1965)

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Sony)

In the waning days of the Civil War, Cavalry officer Charlton Heston leads a rag tag group of soldiers into Mexico to avenge the massacre and kidnapping of Texas civilians. Along the way, he tangles with French troops, confronts Richard Harris over their past, has visions of becoming a liberator of the Mexican people and falls in love with local beauty Senta Berger. When none of that pans out, he heads back to the States, but not before confronting the Indians and the French troops at the Rio Grande. Peckinpah makes the most of his big budget with magnificent sets and attention to historical detail, but the plots gets bogged down in the long middle section where they seem to forget the reason they went to Mexico.

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