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Posted October 1, 2010
A great film and required viewing for fans of perhaps the greatest Hollywood duo. Yes, the history is all wrong, but watch as Flynn takes Custer from a prankster West Point plebe to a brave and focused military leader. de Havilland's acting is, again, superb. Both the entrance scene and the one where she eats onions to impress Custer show her great comic timing. The chemistry between de Havilland and Flynn is jarring here, as each must have known -at some level- this was to be their final pairing on screen. Flynn's climb to her balcony and their embrace is reminiscient of their love scene in "Robin Hood." Watch how de Havilland and Flynn look at each other during the train ride scene. The Custer-Libby farewell is almost painful to watch. The intimacy of that scene makes me think I should not be watching such a private moment. As de Havilland "Libby" places his belt around Flynn's "Custer's" waist, he looks at her with such longing and sadness. Flynn as Custer to de Havilland's Libby:"Walking through life with you, ma'am, has been a very gracious thing." This is more than acting, as this pair brings their film and personal relationship full circle. The haunting love theme written by Max Steiner underscores the passion of Libby and George Custer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2002
GREAT STUFF...WHO CARES IF WB CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH
If you want historical accuracy about Custer, the Civil War and The Little Big Horn, go to the local library. This is great stuff, classic Hollywood. It's classic Flynn and the timeless beauty of Oliva DeHaviland. This is why Saturday afternoon matinees were sold out once upon a time. Learn the lyrics to ''Gary Owen'' before you watch this epic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.