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The Horse Soldiers

  • Film

Time Out says

Underrated Civil War Western, leisurely and sometimes simplistic, but mostly quintessential Ford as Wayne's pragmatic colonel and Holden's humanitarian doctor debate (and embody) aspects of war while leading a Union cavalry patrol deep behind Confederate lines, with their conflict extended by the presence of a fiery Southern belle (a lovely performance from Towers) taken along for the ride because she's overheard their plans and bursting to undermine their mission. There's a magnificent payoff in the sequence where children from the military academy cheerfully march off to the tune of fife and drum to mount a last-ditch defence of the Confederacy, flimsy toy soldiers so ripe for the slaughter that the baffled enemy simply turn tail and flee.
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Release Details

  • Duration:120 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Ford
  • Screenwriter:John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin
  • Cast:
    • John Wayne
    • William Holden
    • Constance Towers
    • Althea Gibson
    • Hoot Gibson
    • Anna Lee
    • Russell Simpson
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