Horse Soldiers

Horse Soldiers

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Director: John Ford

Cast: John Ford, John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers

     
 

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Based on an actual Civil War mission, Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) and Major Kendall (William Holden) are ordered by General Grant to take three regiments 300 miles into enemy territory. They must destroy the railroad line between Newton Station and Vicksburg in hopes of choking off supplies to the South. Marlowe encounters a Southern belle loyal to the enemy, and… See more details below

Overview

Based on an actual Civil War mission, Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) and Major Kendall (William Holden) are ordered by General Grant to take three regiments 300 miles into enemy territory. They must destroy the railroad line between Newton Station and Vicksburg in hopes of choking off supplies to the South. Marlowe encounters a Southern belle loyal to the enemy, and keeps her in sight throughout the journey so she can't warn the Confederates. Kendall, a Northern surgeon, and the crusty Marlowe have their differences along the way. Action, romance and gory battlefield surgery accompany the army as the mission is completed. John Ford directed this film based on a novel by Harold Sinclair.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
John Ford's only film to center around the Civil War, The Horse Soldiers overcomes a number of flaws to emerge as a solid, often exciting, movie that just misses being top-drawer Ford. Of course, even lesser Ford is still better than most movies, and Horse has plenty going for it. It has that distinctive Ford look, and William Clothier's cinematography is nothing short of stunning; several shots practically cry out to be framed and placed upon the wall, and the fluidity of the action sequences adds to the film's energy and drive. John Wayne delivers his usual strong, solid performance; it's not necessarily acting of a high order, but it provides the kind of brawny anchor that the film requires. It also gives William Holden's humane doctor a foil to play off of, which he does quite effectively. Unfortunately, the screenplay doesn't develop these or any of the characters to the extent necessary, giving the film a superficial quality that blunts its effectiveness. That said, it does contain a number of moving and effective scenes, such as one in which a group of Southern children must go into battle. Constance Towers is another problem; she's attractive, but Ford fails to reign in her excessive and annoying performance. Despite its flaws, Horse manages to be an engrossing and exciting horse opera.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
UPC:
0027616687432
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Col. John Marlowe
William Holden Maj. Hank Kendall
Constance Towers Hannah Hunter
Althea Gibson Lukey
Hoot Gibson Brown
Anna Lee Mrs. Buford
Russell Simpson Sheriff Capt. Henry Goodboy
Stan Jones Gen. U.S. Grant
Carleton Young Col. Jonathan Miles
Basil Ruysdael Commandant, Jefferson Military Academy
Danny Borzage Actor
Sam Harris Confederate Major,Passenger to Newton Station
Cliff Lyons Sergeant
William Wellman Actor
Donald Foster Dr. Marvin
Jan Stine Dying Man
Ken Curtis Wilkie
O.Z. Whitehead "Hoppy" Hopkins
Judson Pratt Sgt. Maj. Kirby
Denver Pyle Jagger Jo
Strother Martin Virgil
Hank Worden Deacon Clump
Walter Reed Union officer
Jack Pennick Sgt. Maj. Mitchell
Fred Graham Union soldier
Chuck Hayward Union captain
Charles Seel Newton Station commander
Stuart Holmes Passenger to Newton Station
Richard H. Cutting Gen. Sherman
Bing Russell Dunker
William Leslie Maj. Gray, Confederate artillery
Ron Hagerthy Bugler
Fred Kennedy Soldier
William Henry Union officer
Willis B. Bouchey Col. Phil Secord
William Forrest Gen. Hurlbut

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
C. Frank Beetson Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Beetson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Buttolph Score Composer
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
Frank Hotaling Art Director
Stan Jones Songwriter
Augie Lohman Special Effects
John Lee Mahin Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Murray Editor
Webb Overlander Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Rackin Producer,Screenwriter
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Allen K. Wood Production Manager

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