They Died With Their Boots On
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Errol Flynn stars as General George Armstrong Custer, brilliant CivilWar general, commandant of a Western military outpost and the man wholed his soldiers into the most famous massacre in United Stateshistory--the Battle of the Little Big Horn--where, on July 22, 1876,They Died With Their Boots On.]]>
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Errol Flynn, at the peak of his career when this film went before the cameras in 1941 had the role of a life time in Custer and indeed he looks remarkably like the illustrations that survive of what Custer actually looked like. Not since the classic "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" had Flynn been handed such a diverse and challenging role as this and once again he proves what a fine actor he could be given proper material to work with. His development from the cocky and raw recruit at West Point through to his fateful encounters with Chief Crazy Horse leading up to the last tragic stand at Little Big Horn where he learns about humility and tolerance for others, provides him with a remarkable acting chore which he handles with aplomb. Despite the fictionised settings and situations you can believe that Flynn is Custer. The film also marked the last time that Errol Flynn was teamed with Olivia de Havilland after a long series of memorable screen appearances together starting with the classic "Captain Blood" They have a magical screen chemistry together and both excell in their work in this film. Olivia de havilland had a unique acting style whereby she could play submissive types while always injecting them with a slic eof independant character that shone through on the screen.Read more ›
Some of the Hollywood Historians here, while cautioning readers that this film isn't historically accurate, are woefully inaccurate about Custer.
He was NOT an "often inept commander." He was one of the more briilliant commanders of horse to come out of the Civil War. A master of the *flanking* attack. Who was pivotol in holding off the CSA's rear attack on the Union at Gettysburg. Who was pivotal at Appomattox.
While he certainly would not sacrifice himself and his troops, he did put his career on the line in Spring 1876 when he testified before Congress regarding the Indian Bureau's corruption.
He did not ignore his Indian scouts' advice at Little Big Horn -- in fact, he took their advice, which was to attack the village NOW before it broke up and scattered.
Custer was not "arrogant" -- he was supremely confident in himself and his troops. Would you prefer to serve under a commander who thought otherwise? He was Cavalry -- supreme confidence came with the territory.
The most common terms I come across when contemporaries describe Custer, are "Gentleman." And "soft spoken." The only things he really bragged about were his hunting dogs and his own hunting prowess.
Custer had a great sense of humor and was pretty good at deprecating himself. Flynn manages to portray all of this. If Custer had never existed, he would have to have been invented for Flynn to portray in a movie.
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON is a rip-snorting adventure, full of humor, pathos honor, and gallantry. Which really was what Custer was about.
Believe me it was a shock!
I really think that this film has a great screenplay. the story advances thanks to little things, like the story with his wife and all the strolling matter, his passion for onions , the song Gary Owens, and the antagonism with Tarp. History here is not important. Raoul Walsh creates a world for our hero. With the usual supporting actors who are always the best, like Sidney Greenstreet or Hattie MacDowell.
No one ever played a hero like Errol Flynn. He is too good to be true, but we believe it, because he acts like a hero and moves like a hero. And Olivia de Havilland is as charming as usual. The best couple on a screen. This was their last film together, but what and end!
Enjoy this masterwork of the seventh art. Enjoy it like children, because it is the best way to watch this film.
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Good story for old movie and history buffs. Olivia De Haviland is very good in this (as all of her movies) Errol Flynn is ok in this, but I think he should've been portrayed as... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rachelle L.
Bought this for my dad he is 95 and this is his favorite movie with Errol Flynn.Published 1 month ago by Bluebird
Most movies about history contain inaccuracies, some more than others. "They Died With Their Boots On" may have some value as entertainment, but when it comes to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by just me
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