The Horse Soldiers

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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.


William Holden
as Major Henry Kendall
John Wayne
as Col. John Marlowe
Constance Towers
as Miss Hannah Hunter of Greenbriar
Anna Lee
as Mrs. Buford
Stan Jones
as Gen. U.S. Grant
Carleton Young
as Col. Jonathan Miles
Basil Ruysdael
as Boys School Commandant
Ken Curtis
as Wilkie
O.Z. Whitehead
as Hoppy Hopkins
Judson Pratt
as Sgt. Maj. Kirby
Denver Pyle
as Jagger Jo
Walter Reed
as Union officer
Jack Pennick
as Sgt. Maj. Mitchell
Fred Graham
as Union Scout
Chuck Hayward
as Capt. Woodward
Charles Steel
as Newton Station Bartender
Stuart Holmes
as Train Passenger
Sam Harris
as Confederate Major
Richard Cutting
as Gen. Sherman
Charles Seel
as Newton Station commander
William Forrest
as Gen. Steve Hurburt
Fred Kennedy
as Cavalryman
William Henry
as Confederate Lieutenant
Richard H. Cutting
as Gen. Sherman
William Leslie
as Major Richard Gray
Donald Foster
as Dr. Marvin
Cliff Lyons
as Sergeant
Jan Stine
as Dying Man
Dan Borzage
as Old Soldier in Line (uncredited)
Willis Bouchey
as Col. Phil Secord
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Audience Reviews for The Horse Soldiers

  • Oct 27, 2011
    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 J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2010
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2009
    Sometimes looks can be deceiving. With John Wayne, William Holden and John Ford all working on the same movie I think that my expectations were really high, so I came out of this a little disappointed. I was just expecting so much from these guys.
    Keith M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2007
    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 M Super Reviewer

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