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The Horse Soldiers
- John Wayne

Overview - THE HORSE SOLDIERS, John Ford's only attempt at tackling the subject of the Civil War, is based on Grierson's Raid, part of the Union's assault on Vicksburg in April 1863. After a number of failed efforts at taking the Southern stronghold, Union leaders assign Col.  Read more...

 
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Overview

THE HORSE SOLDIERS, John Ford's only attempt at tackling the subject of the Civil War, is based on Grierson's Raid, part of the Union's assault on Vicksburg in April 1863. After a number of failed efforts at taking the Southern stronghold, Union leaders assign Col. John Marlowe (John Wayne), a railroad designer in civilian life, to lead a cavalry detachment to destroy a vital railroad hub at Newton Station, far behind Confederate lines. Marlowe's unit includes Major Kendall (William Holden), a cynical physician disgusted by the notion that there's glory in the carnage, and the politically ambitious Colonel Secord (Willis Bouchey). Marlowe temporarily appropriates the plantation of Southerner Hannah Hunter (Constance Towers) while in transit and is forced to take her along, in lieu of killing her, after she overhears his plans for Newton Station. As their journey continues, Marlowe realizes that he is much more interested in Hannah than in her political sympathies. Wayne and Holden give gritty, soulful performances, and William Clothier's photography is outstanding in a film that delves beneath simplistic notions of heroism to reveal something more complicated, grisly, and real.

Cast List

John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Martin Rackin
Frank Hotaling
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Russell Simpson - American Character Actor
Constance Towers - American TV/Film Actress
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Carleton Young - American Character Actor
Carleton G. Young - American Character Actor
John Lee Mahin
Hoot Gibson - American Cowboy Actor
Ed Gibson - American Cowboy Actor
Anna Lee - British Actress
Joan Boniface Winnifrith - British Actress
Harold Sinclair - Novelist- Horse Soldiers
Jack Murray - Editor\"The Quiet Man"
William Clothier - American Director of Photography
William H. Clothier - American Director of Photography
David Buttolph - American Composer/B. 1902
Basil Ruysdael - Character Actor/Singer
Althea Gibson - Black Tennis/Golf pro - 1957 Female Athlete of the Year

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 119
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616861054
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: March 2014

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Movies > Westerns

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Synopsis:
A hardened Union colonel embarks on a dangerous mission to sabotage a railroad line. Saddled with a quarrelsome doctor and a Southern belle, the colonel drives his troops deep into rebel territory.

 
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