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Soldier Blue [DVD] [1970]

Candice Bergen , Peter Strauss , Ralph Nelson    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Jorge Rivero
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Producers: Gabriel Katzka, Harold Loeb
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOHPT4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Violent anti-racist Western, based on events during the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. A naive cavalry officer (Peter Strauss) and a resourceful young woman (Candice Bergen) survive a Native American attack and have to make their way home through the wilderness. As they face the hardships of the journey, the couple fall in love, only to witness a horrific bloodbath as the U.S. Cavalry takes revenge upon their enemy, in a battle that became notorious for its brutality.


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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the West was really won 16 May 2006
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Soldier Blue was made as a biting allegory of the Vietnam war. It divided critics at the time of its release and indeed, continues to do so. It is extremely brutal but not gratuitously so. The appalling acts depicted are shown from the point of view that this actually happened, as opposed to well lets give the audience some gore. People seeing the film tend to be shocked from the former point of view as opposed to the latter.

The film opens deceptively with a Cheyenne massacre of a US Cavalry troop guarding a pay chest. The survivors of the massacre are one naive boy soldier and a savvy, young frontier woman, played superbly by Peter Strauss, and Candice Bergen respectively. Their adventures and subsequent romance are then chronicled. Along the way they encounter Donald Pleasance's superbly sinister arms smuggler. The film's climax is a savage massacre of a Cheyenne village by the US Army - based on the real life events at Sand Creek, Colorado. In an orgy of blood lust, women and children are slaughtered and body parts are taken as trophies. By this time the film has swung 180 degrees from its opening, and has established the root cause of the suffering which is the White Man's treatment of the Native American. During all this, Strauss' character has changed from naive volunteer soldier to conscientious objector while the character of Candice Bergen remains the hope of reconciliation and co-existence.

The film is brutally honest and makes its point more effectively than other bigger budget films of the same genre eg. Dances With Wolves. Sadly the film is not readily available in the USA.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How The West was really won 5 Jan 2005
Soldier Blue was made as a biting allegory of the Vietnam war. It divided critics at the time of its release and indeed, continues to do so. It is extremely brutal but not gratuitously so. The appalling acts depicted are shown from the point of view that this actually happened, as opposed to well lets give the audience some gore. People seeing the film tend to be shocked from the former point of view as opposed to the latter.
The film opens deceptively with a Cheyenne massacre of a US Cavalry troop guarding a pay chest. The survivors of the massacre are one naive boy soldier and a savvy, young frontier woman, played superbly by Peter Strauss, and Candice Bergen respectively. Their adventures and subsequent romance are then chronicled. Along the way they encounter Donald Pleasance's superbly sinister arms smuggler. The film's climax is a savage massacre of a Cheyenne village by the US Army - based on the real life events at Sand Creek, Colorado. In an orgy of blood lust, women and children are slaughtered and body parts are taken as trophies. By this time the film has swung 180 degrees from its opening, and has established the root cause of the suffering which is the white man's treatment of the native american. During all this, Strauss' character has changed from naive volunteer soldier to conscientious objector while the character of Candice Bergen remains the hope of reconciliation and co-existence.
The film is brutally honest and makes its point more effectively than other bigger budget films of the same genre eg. Dances With Wolves. Sadly the film is not readily available in the USA. I would strongly urge MGM who now own the rights to re release the film on dvd, preferably in its' completely uncut version (The film is available on vhs only here in the UK but it is the cut version).
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier Blue 5 April 2005
By Don
Format:DVD
Candice Bergen once said that Soldier Blue was her worst film. No doubt this was said in reponse to its controversial nature and by no means exemplifies the worst of Ms Bergen's acting talents. Candice Bergen made another horrifically tasteless violent western the following year- The Hunting Party. Ms Bergen was one of many detractors who would come to chorus what is now the usually held opinion of this under rated semi-classic. Based on and differing wildly from Theodore V. Olsen's book 'Arrow in the Sun' it is not surprising, given the era of its production, that the film should climax with a bloody massacre and present the horrors in unflinching detail. But, criticised as it is, Soldier Blue effectively weaves from adventure to romance to horror without ever losing the power to entertain, to shock, to make you feel and to leave you thinking. This notoriously violent 'western' comes to DVD at last in a beautiful 2.35:1 presentation but lamentably (and strangely - considering the now emphasis on film restoration) is still missing the 'rape scene' in which an Indian woman has her breast cut off (included in the original Magnetic Video VHS release). A trailer is the only extra.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got it 26 April 2006
Format:DVD
Saw the film on television in the late 1970's. Have been trying to get hold of a DVD version and eventually followed a previous reviewer's advice to buy from Germany. Glad I did.

Fantastic sound / picture quality for a film this old. THe completely uncut version does contain scenes that some will find distateful, but the impact of the film is the stronger for it. Very moving. Peter Strauss and Candice Bergen are superb throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars film just as good as when i first saw it
First class service.film just as good as when i first saw it .
Published 2 days ago by john carradice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good bargain
Published 11 days ago by ROBERT
4.0 out of 5 stars very good purchase
good value for price first time able see movie in full verision enhanced movie greatly more enjoyable one of best western.s made
Published 22 days ago by Jim McGreechin
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I saw this film many years ago and always remembered it as one of the first films to show the white man as the agressor and not the heroic saviour . it was truly unforgettable
Published 26 days ago by rick cook
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting western
This western film has a good storyline and the punch line at the end is true being "Who really are the good guys" The film also has some humour but be advised that the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by colinc
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier Blue dvd
I saw this fiim many years ago in the cinema and it is still a powerfull and gritty story of the old west.
Published 1 month ago by Mr R Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars soldier blue great dvd
very pleased with the dvd of soldier blue great story and gives u abit more into the indian perspective rather than the white man was good and the indians bad it gives you more to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by david allen
5.0 out of 5 stars ''WE'LL TEACH THEM A LESSON THEY WILL NEVER FORGET''
OR, AS DESCRIBED BY EARLIER REVIEWERS, 'HOW THE WEST WAS WON'
The film was made during the early 70's, a time when it seemed the 'Film' makers
were pushing the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
3.0 out of 5 stars Soldier Blue
the movie was okay. a typical 70`movie..
I like the type of movies that might me right...
I was 10 years old when i saw this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dorthe Jensen
3.0 out of 5 stars outstanding acting and some good comedy
Candice Bergen excels as the hard-bitten but desirable blonde who has been there and got the T shirt whilst Peter Strauss plays a young private quickly growing up to the realities... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth D. Watson
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