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The Horse Soldiers [Blu-ray] (1959)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ1H3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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John Wayne teams with William Holden and eminent western director John Ford for this frontier actioner "packed with laughter, romance and thrills" (The Hollywood Reporter)! Written by John LeeMahin and Martin Rackin, this faithful representation of one of the most daring cavalry exploits inhistory is both a moving tribute to the men who fought and died in that bloody war and a powerful, action-packed drama.Based on an actual Civil War incident, The Horse Soldiers tells the rousing tale of a troop of Union soldiers who force their way deep into Southern territory to destroy a rebel stronghold at Newton Station. In command is hardbitten Colonel Marlowe (Wayne), a man who is strikingly contrasted by the company's gentle surgeon (Holden) and the beautiful but crafty Southern belle (Constance Towers) who's forced to accompany the Union raiders on perhaps the most harrowing mission in the war.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The DUKE rides again! May 13, 2001
Format:DVD
A wonderful picture of the war between the states, "Horse Soldiers" follows the story of Wayne leading his troopers in an attack deep into enemy territory. Loosely based on a factual event, the Union must cut off the supply lines to Vicksburg. DUKE leads the raid.
This is a fantastic transfer, as others have mentioned. I spotted literally one damaged frame, with a "V" shaped crease in it. The colors blaze off the screeen, and although there are no booklets, inserts, or extras (other than the original trailer), the disc is a real keeper.
Although many see this picture as "Ford-lite," there are several classic Ford touches throughout the film. The opening shot of the calvary marching in a sundown silhouette is stirring. The charge of the child soldiers is a great moment (you see Wayne tip his hat to them as he rides off).
For me, I like the subtle, "hidden" Ford touches in all of his films, which reveal telling information about characters without the overbearing, in-your-face, and just plain heavy-handed direction in today's movies.
In "Horse Soldiers", the dyed-in-the-wool Southern patriot Hannah Hunter has spent several days as prisoner of the Union soldiers. At one point, in order to make her feel better, a soldier gives her a candle for light. Another offers her a fragment of a looking glass. The soldier holds up the broken mirror, and when she looks at her reflection she can see the soldier's Yankee cap over the top of it, as if she wore it herself. That's Ford telling us she's been converted, without slapping us in the face or dumbing it down for us.
You'll see familiar Ford faces pop up here and there, too. Jack Pennick is in just about all of John Ford's westerns.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Civil War according to the Duke April 19, 2001
By Mr. Ted
Format:DVD
I remember the advertisement to The Horse Soldiers today as if the movie was just being released. Way back in 1960, the newspaper ads and trailer all bragged of the big showdown between the Duke, and costar, William Holden.Unfortunately, even at 10 years old, the big showdown was more of a letdown, but that is the only negative aspect of this fine, actioner picture, which was directed by the great, John Ford. This was the only Ford picture set during the Civil War, and he did a masterful job. The story line was simple,Union Colonel Wayne leads soldiers deep into Rebel territory, and Holden as the liberal Army Doctor, whose beliefs often conflict with the Duke's. As in many Wayne-Ford pictures, there are many magic little moments in this picture which all combine to a thrilling and heart-stopping conclusion. I firmly recommend the Horse Soldiers,especially on DVD. If you have never seen it in wide-screen format, you are in for a real treat. If you are a John Wayne fan from way back, but have already seen The Horse Soldiers, mount up and join the cavalry ride one more time. And who knows, you may even sing along with them this time.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite John Wayne Movie January 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I am an unabashed fan of John Wayne movies from "Stagecoach" to "The Shootist." Among them all, "The Horse Soldiers" is my personal favorite.
John Ford captures, in vivid, robust color, the pageantry of the Union and Confederate cavalries. With flags flying, horses pounding, and bugles blaring, Ford and Wayne create sheer movie entertainment. The musical score by David Buttolph perfectly captures the varying moods of the film and complements the stirring visual images. From "I Left My Love" to the "Bonnie Blue Flag," the music accents the film's emotions. William Holden and Constance Towers are well-cast as Wayne's nemesis. The supporting cast is bolstered with many Wayne regulars, including Ken Curtus (Festus from "Gunsmoke").
Many criticize the factual inaccuracies in John Wayne films. So what! He didn't intend to make documentaries, he intended to make rousing, entertaining movies. I will always believe this was his best...
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ford's Interpretation of Grierson's Raid June 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
John Ford was granted license long ago to interpret historical events. After all, he granted it to himself and made no secret of it. Other reviewers are correct that this is Ford's, and John Wayne's, only full length Civil War film, the team's "Shiloh" contribution to _How the West Was Won_ notwithstanding.
I have one "if only," but it is a bigee: if only they had left out the insipid, incredible romantic subplot (which adds nothing to plot or picture), this would have been one of the great Civil War movies. I suppose that Ford thought if he didn't add this the ladies would stay away, to which I say, "So what?"
With that out of my system, there is still a lot to enjoy in this pic. The usual, Fordian conflicts among strong male characters (notably between Wayne and Holden) are there as are the comic moments ("Now lookee, here. The sun comes up in the east, don't it?" "Well it does in Missouri!" "Well if that's the east, we're ridin' south! Straight into Reb country!"). The plot is standard "dangerous mission" genre. There is lots of action, lots of shooting, and that last obstacle to get by.
Wayne's character is interesting. Far from a professional military man, he is a railroad engineer sent, reluctantly, to destroy railroads-- and he has his own reason to hate doctors. Holden is a military doctor with no fear of higher command (Wayne). These two strong personalities play well off one another.
Ford has also been unjustly criticized for setting up weak opponents. _The Horse Soldiers_ undercuts that. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an ever lurking presence, dogs the cavalry column which is attacked at least three times.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dismal Blu Ray Quality of a Listless Western
I have watched many blu ray discs and have many in my collection including this one. I thought the quality "Vera Cruz"(blu ray) was poor, wait till you watch this one. Read more
Published 7 days ago by B. Ying
5.0 out of 5 stars Boots and Saddles
Just a good old fashioned movie about the Civil War Cavalry. A little hokie at times (singing while riding in a non secure formation thru enemy territory), throw in a little old... Read more
Published 14 days ago by John Meehan
4.0 out of 5 stars So-So movie
If you are not a John Wayne fan you- would rate the movie so-so., but as a John Wayne fan you will enjoy.
Published 16 days ago by Bill Wlallace
4.0 out of 5 stars It's John Wayne... what more can I say?
I can't say that I am a John Wayne fan but I do enjoy old movies and this one did not disappoint. As with most John Wayne movies there are some cheesy moments but the story is... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Tim Fennell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for classic movie fans
We enjoyed this movie, although it'd be violent for young children to watch. It had a woman who was spunky which added to the interest of the civil war movie for my viewing... Read more
Published 17 days ago by MOwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Its John Wayne How can you go wrong
This fast pace movie show's you the real south outlook during the war between the states. Wayne and Holden do an excellent job of pure hate for fellow man...
Published 19 days ago by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This is my favorite movies, I have watched this movie since you childhood. I'm not a real John Wayne fan, but I am a John Wayne fan.
Published 19 days ago by James W. Ladd
4.0 out of 5 stars Stand up for America!
It is wonderful for a person who loves this country to see wonderful acting by Wayne and Holden. They are both classic American actors.
Published 24 days ago by Ronald Mellish
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat a John Wayne movie
Great movie. John Wayne once again doing what he does best, being John Wayne. Tough, sensible, purposeful with a deep sense of compassion and sense of duty. Couldn't be better.
Published 25 days ago by Gary W. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Wayne
John Wayne? William Holden? Hoot Gibson? John Ford directing? For genre movie followers this combination is a great one. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Stephen A. Costello
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