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Major Dundee (The Extended Version) [1965] [Dutch Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • ASIN: B000VUP89C
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A calvary officer fights Apaches while keeping Confederate prisoners in line.A Union major late in the Civil War takes it upon himself to punish a band of Apaches who murdered a ranch family and fled into Mexico. Being short of troops he uses Confederate prisoners, ex-slaves and criminals to accomplish his goal.An offbeat Western adventure film about a Union officer in charge of a jail in the Southwest. Renegade Apaches attack an Army outpost killing everyone and the officer leads an expedition against them. The prisoners become part of the Union troops.
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In its restored form, Major Dundee is really neither better nor worse than it was before: but since it was always a pretty good and always interesting epic failure, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The structural flaws are still there, with the additions more filling in details than adding insight or filling holes, but its still an interesting take on flawed men trying to find some kind of personal vindication in an illegal incursion into a foreign country (Mexico at a time when it was flooded with French troops and renegade Apaches) while their own country is caught up in a bloody civil war of its own. Where most Civil War films opt for either tragedy or a sense of a nation healing itself, this picks at the scabs instead, offering inadequate men barely able to believe in their own delusions any more but still determined to follow them through to the bloody end. And this being Peckinpah, even in 1965, there is plenty of blood and grit on offer - it's a sweaty, dirty looking movie that's under no romantic illusions (well, aside from Richard Harris' tendency to overdo the eyeliner). Unlike The Wild Bunch, it's not a film that gets better every time you see it, but it's still pretty impressive.

The new score, the thing that worried me most about this restoration, is also quite impressive, for the most part pastiching a 60s score convincingly enough for it not to seem out of place. That said, there is something disappointing in the striving but unfulfilled main title: it matches the character perfectly (Dundee is constantly revealed as a very hollow man), but the lack of musical resolution is somewhat unsatisfying. Still, it's certainly less grating for most viewers than Daniel Amfitheatrof's original score or Mitch Miller and his Singalong Gang's jaunty can't-get-it-out-of-your-head-dammit title number, Fall in Behind the Major.
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An interesting formative work in Sam Peckinpah's rather turbulent career and one of only a handful of films which he would make in the sixties. "Major Dundee" features many very good moments, with some of the ideas being subsequently reworked into "The Wild Bunch".

A quite strikingly modern film, in its own way, which must have been somewhat shocking at the time of its release. Some of the violence is surprisingly graphic for a film that was released well before Arthur Penn's water-shed "Bonnie And Clyde". Charlton Heston is a little over-the-top and "look at me, i'm Charlton (God damn you all to Hell) Heston", but that rather suits Major Dundee's head-strong and self-righteous character.

The import copy restores the film to its original uncut length, including a long sequence that was removed from the version which i first saw. There is also some interesting bonus material, such as the the audio commentary, which adds real insight to the problems faced during filming.

The one real "downer" with "Major Dundee" is the dreadful music. The Indian "bad-guy" has a stupid, trademark signature and the main title theme song is just AWFUL. (So awful that you'll probably find yourself humming/singing it for days afterwards!) Those aspects do, unfortunately, contrive to make the film seem much more dated.
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An epic classic that could have been starring the cream of Hollywood. Major Dundee was hampered by studio tampering and conflicts that arose between Peckinpah and his movie producers. The final product looks like the bits and pieces of what might have been a fascinating film.

When the film went over schedule and budget, the Columbia executives took the film away from Peckinpah and handed it over to a team of their own editors. They evidently cut a good portion of the film in order to give a shorter running time (which would allow for more screenings per day). In order to cover some of the gaping holes in the plotline, the character of the company bugler became the narrator of the story in an attempt to tie up many of the loose ends.

The biggest fault in the film is that the character of Dundee is never well defined. It's difficult to grasp the motive for his obsessive pursuit of Charriba. It also looks as if the studio took a film which was intended as a character study and tried to reshape it into a straightforward action film.

Peckinpah was blackballed in Hollywood following his personal clashes with the producers of the film. It is very apparent, though, that he used many of the elements from this film and carried them over into his triumphant return in The Wild Bunch.
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