Custer of the West (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Custer of the West (1967)




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Robert Shaw plays General George Armstrong Custer in this historically inaccurate, low-budget western filmed in Spain. The storyline has Custer's troops backing the Cheyenne Indians into a position where attack is their only alternative. The Sioux were the actual tribe harassed by the real-life, glory seeking Custer. The inaccuracies continue as Custer is portrayed as a victim of government policy that is in dire need of reform. Mary Ure plays Libby Custer, with Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Benteen, Ty Hardin as General Reno, and Lawrence Tierney as General Sheridan. Robert Ryan plays Mulligan, an army deserter who is stricken with gold fever. Despite the fine cast assembled, the players can do little with the implausible script. The screenwriters were definitely remiss in their research of the subject matter, but when has that stopped anyone in Hollywood from making a film?

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Robert Shaw
as Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Mary Ure
as Elizabeth Custer
Jeffrey Hunter
as Capt. Benteen
Ty Hardin
as Maj. Marcus Reno
Charles Stalnaker
as Lt. Howells
Robert Hall
as Sgt. Buckley
Lawrence Tierney
as Gen. Philip Sheridan
Kieron Moore
as Cheyenne Chief
Marc Lawrence
as Gold Miner
Robert Ryan
as Mulligan
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Critic Reviews for Custer of the West

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Capable, audience-involving adventure on the visual level which doesn't rise to the epic stature but is content to resume the 'facts' about the Seventh Cavalry without taking a coherent attitude to them.

March 3, 2008 | Full Review…

It's an ambitious and occasionally stylish work, expertly crafted but let down by a script which doesn't quite decide what angle to take on its controversial protagonist.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

So much strange cutting and botching went into the job that it is nearly impossible to follow the story and that the moment of Custer's great crisis of some sort is completely impossible to understand.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

This film hints at being a successful epic but is ultimately just a modest biography of Civil War general George Custer.

March 3, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A lumbering biopic on the misunderstood courageous Civil War and Indian fighter General George Armstrong Custer.

June 29, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Fails to come up with the goods.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Custer of the West

Sprawling, impressively shot but extremely over long, by about an hour, history revision. Shaw is good in the lead.

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