History Film / MajorDundee

25th Dec '17 9:01:31 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoodleIncident: Dundee is mentioned as having "tried to fight your war at Gettysburg" without elaboration. This could be intended to parallel Judson Killpatrick's ordering a pointless, suicidal cavalry charge against well-entrenched Confederates on July 3rd, though unlike Dundee, Killpatrick not only retained his command but was later promoted.


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Dundee went from a field command in the Civil War to commanding a prison camp in New Mexico. And boy does he resent it.
15th Nov '17 3:46:03 PM ClintEastwood
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* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: the Apache are killed but most of Dundee's men including Tyreen are killed in the final battle with the French soldiers they pissed off earlier in the film, leaving Dundee to return to the States with less than a quarter of the men he set out with.]] Could also be seen as a DownerEnding.

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* BitterSweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: the Apache are killed but most of Dundee's men including Tyreen are killed in the final battle with the French soldiers they pissed off earlier in the film, leaving Dundee to return to the States with less than a quarter of the men he set out with.]] Could also be seen as a DownerEnding.
15th Nov '17 3:43:58 PM ClintEastwood
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* BadAssBaritone: Dundee himself, seeing as how he's played by Creator/CharltonHeston. Sam Potts and Aesop as well, as they're played by James Coburn and Brock Peters.

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* BadAssBaritone: BadassBaritone: Dundee himself, seeing as how he's played by Creator/CharltonHeston. Sam Potts and Aesop as well, as they're played by James Coburn and Brock Peters.
15th Nov '17 3:43:05 PM ClintEastwood
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* BadassPreacher: Reverend Dahlstrom

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* BadassPreacher: Reverend DahlstromDahlstrom.



* HandicappedBadass: Samuel Potts. He's only got one arm, but that doesn't deter him in the slightest.



* HonorBeforeReason: Dundee has a Confederate soldier killed for desertion, despite appeals for mercy, as is military law, despite being in the middle of nowhere and needing every man he can get in order to eliminate an Apache tribe on the war path. This ultimately proves to be a mistake as it causes even more tension between his Union soldiers and the Confederates, just when they were starting to get along too.



* {{Novelization}}: There was a novelization based on a ''very'' early script draft by Harry Julian Fink (hence before the movie's notorious ExecutiveMeddling). Though it maintains the plot outline (Union and Confederate soldiers teaming up to fight Apache Indians), it contains more characters than the movie, changes the fate of existing ones (Captain Tyreen most notably) and elaborated on numerous scenes deleted from the final cut - including the Apache massacre that originally opened the movie.



* ThePeterPrinciple: Dundee allegedly only got where he is by siding against a friend, and he makes some very questionable decisions during his quest to destroy an Apache tribe massacring essentially innocent settlers, at one point causing his own men to resent him.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Captain Tyreen condescend on Dundee, ''twice'', for his poor judgment and arrogance and, to Tyreen's better judgement, should give up soldiering altogether.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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Captain Tyreen condescend condescends on Dundee, ''twice'', for his poor judgment and arrogance and, to Tyreen's better judgement, should give up soldiering altogether.



** The opening scene at the Rostes Ranch and the funeral after the first skirmish with the Apaches were inspired by scenes from ''[[TheSearchers The Searchers]]''.

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** The opening scene at the Rostes Ranch and the funeral after the first skirmish with the Apaches were inspired by scenes from ''[[TheSearchers The Searchers]]''.''Film/TheSearchers''.



** Sam Potts (Creator/JamesCoburn) warns Dundee to stay off the streets, saying he'd make "an unlikely looking Mexican", in reference to Heston's role as a Mexican narcotics officer (sans accent) in ''Touch of Evil''.

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** Sam Potts (Creator/JamesCoburn) warns Dundee to stay off the streets, saying he'd make "an unlikely looking Mexican", in reference to Heston's role as a Mexican narcotics officer (sans accent) in ''Touch ''Film/TouchOfEvil''.
* SoleSurvivor: Trooper Tim Ryan is the only survivor
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* TimePassageBeard: Dundee grows one during a period of convalescence.



** FridgeBrilliance: ''Ben-Hur'', for which Heston won his only Oscar for Best Actor, had previously featured old Chuck in a story of two friends who betrayed each other, only in this film it was Chuck's character who did the betraying, at least that's how Harris's Tyreen sees it.

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** FridgeBrilliance: ''Ben-Hur'', ''Film/BenHur'', for which Heston won his only Oscar for Best Actor, had previously featured old Chuck in a story of two friends who betrayed each other, only in this film it was Chuck's character who did the betraying, at least that's how Harris's Tyreen sees it.
22nd Oct '17 6:36:53 PM nombretomado
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* BadAssBaritone: Dundee himself, seeing as how he's played by CharltonHeston. Sam Potts and Aesop as well, as they're played by James Coburn and Brock Peters.

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* BadAssBaritone: Dundee himself, seeing as how he's played by CharltonHeston.Creator/CharltonHeston. Sam Potts and Aesop as well, as they're played by James Coburn and Brock Peters.
21st Aug '17 11:10:43 AM Scifimaster92
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted. The movie was actually filmed in Mexico.
8th Mar '17 2:19:06 PM Mdumas43073
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* WeUsedToBeFriends: The back story for Dundee and Tyreen

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: The back story for Dundee and TyreenTyreen.
8th Mar '17 2:18:05 PM Mdumas43073
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4th Oct '16 1:59:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: The film heavily edited from 136 minutes to 123. The restored version is 152 minutes.
24th May '16 3:31:33 PM SnakeRambo
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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Captain Tyreen. Perhaps best demonstrated by the way he complements a black soldier whom one of his Confederates has been antagonizing.

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Captain Tyreen. Perhaps best demonstrated by the way he complements compliments a black soldier whom one of his Confederates has been antagonizing.
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