They Died With Their Boots On (1941)


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In this film, history is distorted almost beyond recognition. According to this movie, General George Armstrong Custer is neither an arrogant fool nor a rabid Indian hater. Instead, he is a flamboyant but brilliant cavalry officer, who during the Civil War defies his superiors' orders and becomes a hero.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Wally Kline, Aeneas MacKenzie, Wally Klein
On DVD: Apr 19, 2005


as George Armstrong Cus...

as Elizabeth Bacon

as Ned Sharp

as California Joe

as California Joe

as Samuel Bacon

as Crazy Horse

as Major Romolus Taipe

as Gen. Phil Sheridan

as Sen. Sharp

as Gen. Winfield Scott

as Fitzhugh Lee

as Lt. Butler

as Capt. Webb

as Capt. McCook

as Sgt. Doolittle

as Sen. Smith

as Lt. Roberts

as 2nd Lt. Davis

as President Grant

as Mrs. Sharp

as Mrs. Taipe

as Cadet Brown

as Frazier

as Capt. McCook

as Jones

as Head Nurse

as Barfly

as Barfly

as Station Master

as Clergyman

as Salesman

as Officer

as Officer

as Officer

as Officer

as Officer

as Sentry

as Sentry

as Congressman

as Veteran

as Grant's Secretary

as Orderly

as Orderly

as Cpl. Smith

as Lt. Walsh

as Capt. Riley

as Staff Sgt. Brown

as Staff Officer

as Colonel of 1st Michi...

as Colonel of 5th Michi...

as Adjutant

as Telegrapher

as Jane the Kitchen Mai...

as Major Smith

as Tillaman

as Sergeant

as Corporal

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Bit Part (cut out)

as Bartender

as Chairman

as Lieutenant Butler

as Chairman
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Critic Reviews for They Died With Their Boots On

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A rousing Western.

Full Review… | June 22, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Powerful, if heavily fictionalized, Western, with dynamic direction by Raoul Walsh.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for They Died With Their Boots On

History (as specious as that is) records that U.S. President Ullysses S.Grant publically disparaged the tactics of George Armstrong Custer after the Little Big Horn and that, in reply, his wife, Elizabeth, devoted the rest of her life defending her husband. The truth is buried at the site, but Warner Bros., with Raoul Walsh at the directing helm, sides with Mrs. Custer's version of events. No matter the truth here still is exciting, stirring entertainment, and the last pairing also of the Flynn/DeHavilland team-up, one of the screen's best romantic couples.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I love this classic war film, even if it is a little inaccurate. At least they didn't totally rewrite history like most Disney/Mel Gibson films!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Historical hogwash, Errol is dashing and Olivia looks lovely but that's not enough for the overlong running time

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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