The Horse Soldiers Reviews
(1959) The Horse Soldiers
Based on actual persons and actual cavalry incidents but if there's any reason to watch this, it'd be for the picturesque scenery since it's some of the best looking scenes anyone can ever find in a film. And although the history portrayed is heavily inaccurate nor does it consists of any plot whatsoever, in such a dull and dreary way, viewers can appreciate the collision between it's two veteran titans of John Wayne as a head of it's Yankee cavalry and William Holden as the surgeon whose been assigned to tag along. There's some very good lines but not enough to hold the movie since it goes absolutely nowhere. Directed by John Ford who was making attempts in making another "The Searchers" but does not succeed this time around.
2 out of 4
John Ford también demuestra su capacidad para construir escenarios muy realistas gracias a los grande planos generales y a las maniobras muy realistas realizadas con los caballos. Es una película de alta factura.
Sin embargo el guión es un tanto simple. Hace falta mayor intensidad dramática en ciertos momentos. Es correcta la forma en que desarrolla los conflictos, pero le faltó más para entrar en lo particular de los personajes.
Un correcto western clásico de alta factura. Recomendable para los amantes del género.
Then there are the sappy sentimentalities that devalue the movie even more. The doctor who doesn't seem to realise there is a war on, the irritating Southern woman who is just there as a very contrived love interest (and who should have been shot as a spy), the successful attack by a regiment of kids.
Add in a few overblown characters that are there just to represent the types of people who fought in the Civil war: eg the politician-officer.
Usual one-dimensional swagger-filled performance from John Wayne. William Holden is incredibly irritating as the doctor. Even more irritating is Constance Towers as the Southern woman. Hardly a good performance in the whole movie.
The saddest thing is that the movie is loosely based on a real event, the Grierson Raid. Though the characters and many details have been changed, this movie is an insult to the memories of the men who took part in that raid.