Soldier Blue (1970)




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This excessively-violent western centers on the brutal and inhuman acts performed upon the Cheyenne by the cavalry in retaliation for an attack the Cheyennes launched upon a regiment. Much of the story centers on a love story between the two survivors of the latter attack.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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Candice Bergen
as Cresta Marybelle Lee
Peter Strauss
as Pvt. Honus Gant
Donald Pleasence
as Isaac Q. Cumber
Bob Carraway
as Lt. John McNair
Jorge Rivero
as Spotted Wolf
Dana Elcar
as Capt. Battles
John Anderson
as Col. Iverson
Martin West
as Lt. Spingarn
Jorge Russek
as Running Fox
Marco Antonio Arzate
as Kiowa Brave
Ron Fletcher
as Lt. Mitchell
Barbara Turner
as Mrs. Long
James Hampton
as Pvt. Menzies
Mort Mills
as Sgt. O'Hearn
Ralph Nelson
as Indian Agent
Aurora Clavel
as Indian Woman
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Critic Reviews for Soldier Blue

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Tries to compare this atrocity in Indian history with the My Lai massacre occurring in modern times during the Vietnam War.

Full Review… | May 30, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A clumsy, anachronistic Western which casts Candice Bergen as a shrill female lead who's a lot more 1970 than 1864. Unconvincing.

October 2, 2007

Bloody, overrated film that fails to stand the test of time

February 19, 2007
Old School Reviews

1970's message movie is one of first pro Native American.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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June 14, 2005

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November 18, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Soldier Blue


You stupid, beardless, tenderfoot... A group of American cavalry soldiers are attacked by the Cheyenne Indians and brutally massacred. Only two individuals survive, a private who swears by his militia and a young woman who lived some years with the Indians and sees the errors of the white man's ways. Can the two survive on the plains and make it back to civilization or will they also fall victims to the attackers? "They're cutting off hands, they're cutting off feet, they're cutting off..." Ralph Nelson, director of Lilies of the Field, Father Goose, Charly, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Wrath of God, Once a Thief, and Fate is the Hunter, delivers Soldier Blue. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and unfolds well. The action scenes are very solid and the acting was better than I anticipated. The cast includes Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Dana Elcar, and James Hampton. "You're robbing the dead." I grabbed this off Netflix because it looked fascinating and the plot had potential. I will say I enjoyed watching the picture unfold and it was definitely entertaining. This wasn't the best western I have ever seen, but the premise had good direction and drama. Overall, this is definitely a worthwhile addition to the western genre. "If I'm going to look different you might as well smell different." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Nondescript except for the infamous finale with the despicable US Army slaughtering a Cheyenne village. Unfortunately they looked like a bunch of Mexicans. Of course, this type of stuff doesn't happen anymore. No... Donald Pleasence deserved an Oscar nod for best supporting actor (of course he wasn't nominated).

Jeff B
Jeff B

[url=""][img][/img][/url] I saw this film many years ago, but have wanted to see it again for some time. I thought there was more flesh shown back then than there really was. But Candace was beautiful and good in her own way. The important thing was the message about the good old USA. And sadly, not much has changed.

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