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  • Summary: In this re-release of Sam Peckinpah's 1965 film, a Union officer is assigned the task of assembling a hunting party after a New Mexico settlement is massacred by a band of renegade Apaches. But with the Civil War still raging, he must fill out his ranks with Confederate prisoners, freed slaves, deserters and criminals. As the mission progresses, he must guard against not only both his quarry and his recruits, but his own personal demons as well. (Sony Pictures Repertory) Collapse
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  1. What's important is that Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence.
  2. 75
    Expanded, Major Dundee is still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action.
  3. It's not a masterpiece, but its story of Civil War enemies banding together for battle against Indian warriors and French soldiers packs an occasional wallop.
  4. The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    An offbeat and sometimes jumbled western adventure film. (Review of Original Release)
  6. Sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes, and it's still not much of a showcase for its star, Charlton Heston.
  7. 50
    Keeps building to apocalyptic climaxes that never materialize. (Review of Original Release)

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 9, 2011
    9
    A flawed masterwork. You can see it going off track even with the added footage, but what a beautiful mess! Peckinpah more than made up for with the Wild Bunch. He got where Dundee misses right in spades!! Expand
  2. AnthonyS.
    Jan 24, 2007
    0
    Worst movie ever created. By the time it was over, I had aged three years and become completely impotent.

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