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 Post subject: Major Dundee
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:23 pm 
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Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Production year: 1965
Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton


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During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.

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NOTE: This thread will be used for general talk of the movie Major Dundee. If there's anything specific you'd like to discuss, please start a new topic in this section.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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A flawed but interesting film, with great tension between Heston, in one of his less heroic roles, and the wily Richard Harris. And I'd love to see footage of Heston chasing after director Sam Peckinpah (not that it exists of course).


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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EL-CID-1983 wrote:
A flawed but interesting film, with great tension between Heston, in one of his less heroic roles, and the wily Richard Harris. And I'd love to see footage of Heston chasing after director Sam Peckinpah (not that it exists of course).

:lol: That would be priceless to see, I'd pay good money, too! That was one of the funniest parts in his book, and the incident is now infamous. Mostly because Chuck was the nicest guy on any set he worked on, so it was definitely not like him.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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Detective Thorn wrote:
EL-CID-1983 wrote:
A flawed but interesting film, with great tension between Heston, in one of his less heroic roles, and the wily Richard Harris. And I'd love to see footage of Heston chasing after director Sam Peckinpah (not that it exists of course).

:lol: That would be priceless to see, I'd pay good money, too! That was one of the funniest parts in his book, and the incident is now infamous. Mostly because Chuck was the nicest guy on any set he worked on, so it was definitely not like him.

And it made for one of his best quotes: "Sam is the only person I've ever physically threatened on a set."

This seems to be yet another film that probably couldn't be made today, partly because westerns aren't really in style and who knows if Hollywood believes audiences would pay to see a film about a guy who's basically a thug, albeit an ambitious thug, and seeing how he abuses his power before descending into his own personal Hell.

The 2005 score is much better than the original.


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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Michael Anderson Jr played the bugler in MAJOR DUNDEE, and he also narrated it. His dad directed THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE five years before, which also starred Heston and Richard Harris.

Despite the studio cuts - this is a really wonderful western.


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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James Byrne wrote:
Despite the studio cuts - this is a really wonderful western.

Agreed. I think it's very underrated. I've only seen the extended edition that is out on DVD, so I don't know how it looked before that. I have a hard time believing it was a huge mess though. I think it's one of the best westerns Heston did.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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Yes, Thorn, MAJOR DUNDEE is not a mess, I wish people would stop saying things like that. My son Danny loved this movie when he was a kid. He was always playing this and 55 DAYS AT PEKING. He was also very fond of KHARTOUM and could do a spot-on impersonation of Larry Olivier as The Mahdi.


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James Byrne wrote:
Yes, Thorn, MAJOR DUNDEE is not a mess, I wish people would stop saying things like that. My son Danny loved this movie when he was a kid. He was always playing this and 55 DAYS AT PEKING. He was also very fond of KHARTOUM and could do a spot-on impersonation of Larry Olivier as The Mahdi.

From the sound of it, your son is one cool dude :cowboy1:

I hope my future children will be able to appreciate Heston and his films. I'd get a kick out of watching my favorite actors with the next generation.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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I can only imagine what it was like working with Richard Harris, who was also said to be problematic at times. Senta Berger said of him in the 2005 DVD's making of doc that he regarded just about everyone man around him as a rival, with Charlton Heston being the primary rival, so much so that Harris jacked up his boots just so he wouldn't look shorter than Heston (which of course he was, Heston being like 6'2" or 6'3" while Harris was like 6'0" or at most 6'1").


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