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The Horse Soldiers (1959)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1959 Wide

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Based on an actual Civil War mission, Colonel Marlowe (John Wayne) and Major Kendall (William Holden) are ordered by General Grant to take three regiments 300 miles into enemy territory. They must destroy the railroad line between Newton Station and Vicksburg in hopes of choking off supplies to the South. Marlowe encounters a Southern belle loyal to the enemy, and keeps her in sight throughout the journey so she can't warn the Confederates. Kendall, a Northern surgeon, and the crusty Marlowe

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Western, Drama, Classics

John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin

May 8, 2001

United Artists

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Lively Western full of events and imagery.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
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]

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's a lesser Ford, rife with his backwards attempts at humor, but even a lesser Ford is still a film by one of the cinema's greatest poets. It's still very much worth a viewing.

May 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Though not one of John Ford-John Wayne's best collaborations, this Civil War Western has some merits, primarily visual, but also thematic in positing the military (Wayne) verus the medical profession (William Holden) in terms of civic and personal duty

May 6, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Fine Wayne and Ford western with equally strong Holden.

April 30, 2007
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This is a quintessential John Ford Western.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

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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.
January 4, 2009
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Dean McKenna

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The John Ford/John Wayne partnership is probably the most reliable in the history of the western, although it can seem a little difficult to tell some of them apart. Stoic union colonel Wayne is joined by humanitarian doctor William Holden and a captive southern belle for a typically solid and entertaining civil war adventure. Quality stuff, but it won't win over non-western fans.
June 5, 2007
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    1. Maj. Hank Kendall: Ding dong, ding dong.
    – Submitted by Gary J (2 years ago)
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