Custer of the West (1967)




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Opening with a montage depicting its subject's Civil War exploits, Custer of the West carries us across four years of fighting in less than four minutes of screen time. The Civil War ended, George Armstrong Custer (Robert Shaw) longs for action and to hold onto his rank of general, so General Phil Sheridan (Lawrence Tierney) sends him West, admitting that there will be no nobility to his cause there -- the government and the people want the land, and that means getting the Indians off of it by … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bernard Gordon, Julian Halevy
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On DVD: May 25, 2004

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as Gen. George Armstron...

as Elizabeth Custer

as Capt. Benteen

as Maj. Marcus Reno

as Lt. Howells

as Sgt. Buckley

as Gen. Philip Sheridan

as Cheyenne Chief

as Gold Miner

as Mulligan

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Critic Reviews for Custer of the West

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Capable, audience-involving adventure on the visual level which doesn't rise to the epic stature but is content to resume the 'facts' about the Seventh Cavalry without taking a coherent attitude to them.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Top Critic

It's an ambitious and occasionally stylish work, expertly crafted but let down by a script which doesn't quite decide what angle to take on its controversial protagonist.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

So much strange cutting and botching went into the job that it is nearly impossible to follow the story and that the moment of Custer's great crisis of some sort is completely impossible to understand.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This film hints at being a successful epic but is ultimately just a modest biography of Civil War general George Custer.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A lumbering biopic on the misunderstood courageous Civil War and Indian fighter General George Armstrong Custer.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fails to come up with the goods.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Custer of the West

Sprawling, impressively shot but extremely over long, by about an hour, history revision. Shaw is good in the lead.

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