They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
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.
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Critic Reviews for They Died with Their Boots On
Powerful, if heavily fictionalized, Western, with dynamic direction by Raoul Walsh.
suffers from being too long and meandering too much into the minutiae of Custer's love life
Glorified Custer, sure, but Flynn is spectacular.
Well-made, but specious.
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.More
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!More
Historical hogwash, Errol is dashing and Olivia looks lovely but that's not enough for the overlong running timeMore
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