Crazy Horse and Custer: The Untold Story
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Pulled from the 17 episode ABC series from 1967, "Crazy Horse and Custer: The Untold Story" is a pleasing way to spend 90 minutes if you're a fan of the western genre. We've all heard the story about the battle of the Little Big Horn, but this movie introduces us to the main characters of that battle long before that ill fated meeting. It shows how Lt. Col. George Custer took a rag tag bunch of soldiers and made them into the fine Seventh Cavalry unit they were. It also takes the viewer to the first meeting between Custer and Crazy Horse and how they had to be allies if they were to live to meet later.
Starring Wayne Mauder (who?) with Slim Pickens (under utilized) and Michael Dante as Crazy Horse, the cast features Mary Ann Mobley and the venerable Robert F. Simon.
The print featured in this release was bought by a company called Liberty Entertainment who put a title on in the beginning and end and chopped out any reference to 20th Century Fox who originally produced it. The print itself looked like it had been bicycled around and the opening credits just might make you seasick from the motion. The color is fair and once you get into the film the print is not too scratched. Not bad for the price you pay.
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The cast carry out their performances well enough, (though "Late Sixties" is written all over it...) the only exception being the general who is not that convincing in his role.
The dialogues could have been better too.
Nevertheless, the plot, the setting, the battles and the costumes are all above average.
Overall, though not a masterpiece, it is definitely a movie worth watching, as it will surely provide for an evening's entertainment!
For wonderful Westerns I would strongly recommend The Outlaw Josey Wales, Major Dundee and The Undefeated.
ABC thought it was on to something: let's take a time-honored TV form (the western) but give "the kids" someone they can relate to--a rebellious, long-haired action hero. Thus, the idea to base a series on Lt. Colonel (nee General) George Armstrong Custer was born. On paper, it looked like a great idea; Custer had for many years been revered as a great Civil War general (which he was) and effective Indian fighter (which he wasn't) who died, "tragically," at Little Big Horn.
Alas, by the time the series hit the air, Custer wasn't such a hero. Rather, he became a symbol for the terrible treatment of Native Americans. Also, he was being seen less as a lovable rebel and more as a megalomaniacal officer who effectively murdered the entire 7th Calvary with his recklessness at Little Big Horn. Richard Mulligan's portrayal in "Little Big Man" was probably only slightly exaggerated.
All that having been said, the show had promise...a lot of stock western kind of action, but with a slight edge. Relatively accurate historically, too, as far as character names and such. Many liberties are taken, however, in the name of "good TV." The biggest drawback, as one reviewer noted, is the really poor quality of the print used. I've seen older TV shows with better footage.
The series didn't run that long. Personally, I wouldn't mind a DVD release of all the shows, with upgraded prints. In the meantime, we have to settle for this.
This "movie" from the 1967 ABC series "Custer" is just plain wrong in everything. Poorly produced, Indians all wrong even when the series was trying to make them sympathetic. Custer as a single man, no mention of family (which was the core of his life) because that would have been too restraining for the TV show.
I gave it a 2 as a curiousity of the time.
And FYI it's Wayne MauNder. Who went on to another tv western then disappeared. I believe he was a record producer into the 90's.
When I saw 2001 on the DVD, I thought it might include ideas and facts from Stephen Ambrose book.
Too bad for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad....but a rehash of episodes. The series was a good one. Suggest people watch the series!Published 20 months ago by Renee Fineberg
Not the best quality. Not HD but better than nothing. Takes me back a long time. 1967 or so. But arrived in good shape and in a timely manner.Published 21 months ago by Roberta Shaw
Mostly good quality, looks like it was taped off a tv screen sometimes, but watchable and enjoyable.Published on March 29, 2008 by Marilyn A. Murphy
I give this a 5 star rating for several reasons. The main one being that my Uncle is a co-star in this movie. He plays Captain Keogh. His real name is Grant Woods. Read morePublished on December 31, 2003 by Sandy Myers