The Great Sioux Massacre 1965 NR CC

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A look at what happened to Custer and his troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Custer, an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into retirement. Fueled by ambition when a senator convinces him to run for president, Custer decides to upstage General Terry at Little Big Horn.

Starring:
Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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The Great Sioux Massacre

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Product Details

Genres Western
Director Sidney Salkow
Starring Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin
Supporting actors Philip Carey, Julie Sommars, Nancy Kovack, John Matthews, Michael Pate, Don Haggerty, Frank Ferguson, Stacy Harris, Iron Eyes Cody, House Peters Jr., John Napier, William Tannen, Blair Davies, Louise Serpa, Boyd 'Red' Morgan
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A great telling of this story.
t. beau bensink
Or of Custer and Libbie living in a cabin in Ohio after his court martial.
Ann Sherry
Lol everyone asks " hey shouldn't you be getting royalties from them?
joy spinelli

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Twelvetrees on May 8, 2013
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"The Great Sioux Massacre" is yet another retelling of that perennial favorite, Custer's Last Stand. At one time, Custer was portrayed by heroic types like Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan (note: Reagan played a young, pre-war Custer in "Santa Fe Trail" and did not come anywhere near the Little Bighorn). Later, Custer became as close as anyone to the perfect American monster. "The Great Sioux Massacre" teeters between these two portrayals.

The history in "The Great Sioux Massacre" is nonsense, predicated on the idea that Custer was a humanitarian before he was persuaded to run for president. No evidence exists that Custer ever considered being president. Custer's turnabout in the movie in interesting, however, in that "The Great Sioux Massacre" was made just at that time when Custer pivoted from being a hero to being a villain.

One of the most curious things about this movie is that while such interesting actors as Joseph Cotten and Darren McGavin play, respectively, Reno and Benteen (actually, here it's "Benton") the best they could pull out of the hat for Custer was Philip Carey? Carey's biggest claim to fame was a long term on a soap opera I have never seen.

However, it is a good chance to view the lovely Nancy Kovack before she became a professional Mrs. Zubin Mehta. And in support are Julie Sommars, Michael Pate, Frank Ferguson . . . nothing to sneeze at. Interestingly, neither Pate, as Sitting Bull, nor Iron Eyes Cody, as Crazy Horse, were descended from Indians. Cody, famous as the "crying Indian" in the commercials, was the son of Italian immigrants and his birth name was Espera Oscar DeCorti.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joy spinelli on January 17, 2015
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well, so what i have to say, will be to many just a line of -+!--+!-&, but, as a todler and being italian, i was olive skin with alot of dark hair. my father had played parts in alot of westerns filmed in our home town of tucson ariz. this film was too made in and around " old tucson". anyways, at the time of filming this movie, great sioux massacre, i was about 18 months old. my father brought me in to meet everyone, and they loved that i could pass for a sioux baby, hence... thats how i made my dent in the world. Lol yes, i am that crying baby, whos screams attracted darren mc gaven, the two rode up during a raid, he jumped down picked me up, i hugged him, calling him pop pop. my family, for reasons unknown, brag on me, my 2kids took it for show and tell, way back when they were alot younger. Lol everyone asks " hey shouldn't you be getting royalties from them? "
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By Ann Sherry on January 25, 2015
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I caught this on cable tv yesterday and had never seen it before. The color is faded. The guy playing Custer I thought was a poor choice. The historical accuracy was all messed up. Why Captain 'Benteen' was called 'Captain Benten' in this movie I'll never know. Darren McGavin and Joseph Cotten couldn't even make this movie good. I thought McGavin (whom I love) was overly dramatic in his role. I had to laugh at Joseph Cotten's drunk voice. Custer did admire the Indians to a point, and he did tell Washington how badly the reservation supplies were handled by the Indian agents. But this sudden switch from good to evil because some Senator was trying to help him attain the Presidency was as fake as McGavin's girlfriend. Or of Custer and Libbie living in a cabin in Ohio after his court martial. Custer was born in Ohio: He lived there until he left for West Point (besides going to school in Monroe, MI), and his family lived in Ohio even longer but eventually relocated to Monroe. I think they
wasted a lot of time on made-up stuff when they could have had a much better movie if they showed true things. It may be interesting for some to see, and it could have value as a collectible. But I was bored, when I wasn't laughing.
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Another tale of the Battle Of The Little Big Horn and Custer's defeat only not as good as others. Joseph Cotton plays Major Reno and Darren McGavin (who does a pretty good job) plays Capt. Benton (Benteen). They cast Phil Carey as Custer and then confusingly have him start as caring and understanding of the Indians and then become a politician and turn into a vicious monster looking only for victories to win votes. -- Of course that could be true of many politicians! The story follows Capt. Benton's story to stop the vilification of Major Reno before a Military Tribunal. I would like to note that it was just in a passing line in the battle scene that Col. Custer acknowledges his brother Tom, something never mentioned in most Custer films. I might mention that this was a terrible disaster for the Custer family. Not only was George Armstrong Custer killed at the Little Big Horn so were his brothers Thomas (2-time winner of the Medal Of Honor) and Boston. Nephew Henry Armstrong Reed and brother-in-law James Calhoun married to sister Margaret. A 5 man hit for the family.
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