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The Undefeated (1969)




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This routine western finds Union Colonel John Henry Thomas (John Wayne) and company attacking Confederate soldiers lead by Colonel James Langdon (Rock Hudson). After a crushing defeat, Langdon torches his plantation rather than have it fall into enemy hands. A group of Southerners accept the invitation of Emperor Maximilian to join them, and Langdon heads off with a wagon train of settlers to a new land. Thomas with his adopted Indian son Blue Boy (Roman Gabriel) bring a herd of 3,000 horses across the Rio Grand for sale. The two factions meet at a Fourth of July party and relive the war through a drunken brawl. When Mexican General Rojas (Tony Aguilar) holds the Southerners hostage, Thomas orders the herd to stampede into the General's camp as ransom payment for their former enemies. Merlin Olsen plays the blacksmith Little George. Both Gabriel and Olsen were pro-football all-stars for the Los Angeles Rams. Olsen continued his acting and sports announcing after his gridiron days were over. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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John Wayne
as Col. John Henry Thomas
Rock Hudson
as Col. James Langdon
Roman Gabriel
as Blue Boy
Tony Aquilar
as Juarista Gen. Rojas
Antonio Aguilar
as Gen. Rojas
Marian McCargo
as Ann Langdon
Lee Meriwether
as Margaret Langdon
Merlin Olsen
as Big George
Melissa Newman
as Charlotte Langdon
Bruce Cabot
as Jeff Newby
Jan-Michael Vincent
as Bubba Wilkes
Ben Johnson
as Short Grub
Royal Dano
as Major Sanders
Paul Fix
as Gen. Joe Masters
John Agar
as Christian
Don Collier
as Goodyear
Dub Taylor
as McCartney
Henry Beckman
as Thad Benedict
Victor Junco
as Maj. Tapia
Robert Donner
as Judd Mailer
James Dobson
as Jamison
Rudy Diaz
as Sanchez
James McEachin
as Jimmy Collins
Juan García
as Col. Gomez
Kiel Martin
as Union Runner
Bob Gravage
as Joe Hicks
Robert Gravage
as Joe Hicks
Chuck Roberson
as Yankee Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Undefeated

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Unfortunately, McLaglen is never able to draw his threads together. As in his The Way West, he takes a panoramic theme and then gets so close to it that we lose sight of the whole.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The old frontier is alive and well in the Duke's mind and in that of his director, Andrew V. McLaglen.

November 1, 2021 | Full Review…

A large measure of their success is due to an accomplished screenplay by Waldo Salt-pungent, racy, and with a nice line in over the shoulder throwaways.

February 20, 2019 | Full Review…

While the action is decent, the plot is just a little too strained, the dialogue too wooden, and Hudson overmatched in this John Wayne vehicle.

December 10, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

John Wayne/Rock Hudson Civil War western has some good moments.

November 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Full of cliches, this tired Western is one of Wayne's weakest films, made in the same year he appeared in the Oscar-winning True Grit.

November 4, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Undefeated

A bit of benign escapism released in the United States at a time when the country was embroiled in divisive anti-war demonstrations and a tumultuous civil rights movement. McLaglen's epic western is entertaining but noticeably conciliatory and rather unimaginative.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


An enjoyable Western with a unique premise. If you're seeing it for The Duke, you won't be disappointed, and prepare to be surprised by Rock Hudson.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Not perfect, but it's a really decent and enjoyable movie. You're seeing it for The Duke most likely, therefore you should know exactly what you're getting into. It's a very interesting story about the reconstruction and the spoils of war. There's some nice sequences and it's a very original type of western/war movie that I don't think comes along very often.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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