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They Died with Their Boots On (1941)


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Though history is distorted almost beyond recognition in Warner Bros.' They Died With Their Boots On, audiences in 1941 ate it up like cotton candy. In the gospel according to Warners, General George Armstrong Custer (Errol Flynn) 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 as a result. After a period of forced retirement in the postwar years, Custer is


Western, Drama, Classics

Apr 19, 2005


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A rousing Western.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

suffers from being too long and meandering too much into the minutiae of Custer's love life

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Endures as one of the finest Flynn-de Havilland collaborations.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Glorified Custer, sure, but Flynn is spectacular.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Well-made, but specious.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.
April 22, 2012

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!
September 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

Historical hogwash, Errol is dashing and Olivia looks lovely but that's not enough for the overlong running time
October 29, 2008
jay nixon

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Really interesting film based (loosely) on the life of George Armstrong Custer. It's certainly guilty of a little hero worship, but a whole lot of fun.

Trivia Tidbit: Flynn and DeHavilland's last film together.
January 31, 2008

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