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The Horse Soldiers (1959)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1959 Wide


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Movie Info

John Ford's Civil War-era docudrama stars John Wayne as John Marlowe, a Union colonel spearheading a group of saboteurs on a mission to destroy a Confederate railroad.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western , Drama , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Rackin , John Lee Mahin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2001
United Artists


as Major Henry Kendall

as Col. John Marlowe

as Miss Hannah Hunter o...

as Mrs. Buford

as Gen. U.S. Grant

as Col. Jonathan Miles

as Boys School Commanda...

as Wilkie

as Hoppy Hopkins

as Sgt. Maj. Kirby

as Jagger Jo

as Union officer

as Sgt. Maj. Mitchell

as Union Scout

as Capt. Woodward

as Newton Station Barte...

as Train Passenger

as Confederate Major

as Gen. Sherman

as Gen. Steve Hurburt

as Newton Station comma...

as Cavalryman

as Passenger to Newton ...

as Confederate Lieutena...

as Gen. Sherman

as Major Richard Gray

as Dr. Marvin

as Sergeant

as Dying Man

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as Col. Phil Secord
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Critic Reviews for The Horse Soldiers

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Lively Western full of events and imagery.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Though flawed, John Ford's The Horse Soldiers has a fair amount going for it: the well-oiled partnership of Ford and star John Wayne (and an assist from William Holden); Ford's vivid visual style; and large-scale action. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | July 19, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Horse Soldiers

Not one of the essential Ford/Wayne westerns but nevertheless a strong film. Wayne and Holden are great and Ford's vivid visual style is striking.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Another fantastic Wayne/Ford classic. The Searchers seems to have a lot in common with this film as far as themes and actors, so it tends to remind me of it a lot at times.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


This John Ford's frontier actioner packed with laughter, romance and thrills. Based on a true incident during the Civil War, this is a minor, but enjoyable. John Wayne and William Holden play well-matched adversaries.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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