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Major Dundee (1965) was a Adventure - War Film directed by Sam Peckinpah and produced by Jerry Bresler.

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Major Dundee (1965)

By Beatrice on Nov 18, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Major Dundee Directed by Sam Peckinpah Written by Harry Julian Fink, Oscar Saul and Sam Peckinpah 1965/USA Jerry Bresler Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Sam Peckinpah’s first major directing credit didn’t grab me. The film is set in the last months of the Civil War near the Te... Read full article


Major Dundee (1965) – Father’s Day Gift Guide

on May 21, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Twilight Time is ambitious for putting out a critically excoriated (at the time) Sam Peckinpah film, but they have and I applaud the effort.? While I didn’t adore Major Dundee, and it wears its problems sewn into its sleeve, there’s something to admire in its scope and tenacity.? Contain... Read full article


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Lt. Graham: You'd let Charriba escape?
Maj. Amos Dundee: Let's say I'm giving him... equal opportunity.


Capt. Benjamin Tyreen: [trying to restrain his men] I said will shall serve under this command and we will serve! But only until the Apache is destroyed. And then, Amos - and then, I'm going to kill you!
Maj. Amos Dundee: Are you, Ben?
Capt. Benjamin Tyreen: Yes. Yes, Amos.


Arthur Hadley: [Tyreen and his escaped men are brought back into the fort as Dundee orders the garrison to assemble] They're gonna throw us a party, Captain.
Capt. Benjamin Tyreen: It sure looks like it.


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Facts about

Despite his quarrel with Sam Peckinpah, producer Jerry Bresler fought very hard with Columbia to keep the 136-minute cut (the "Extended Edition" now on DVD) despite its poor reception at its preview, but was rebuffed by the studio.
Shooting on the movie was wrapped up early by studio executives, in the interest of controlling costs, before some important scenes were filmed. Charlton Heston offered to return his entire salary for the movie if the studio would agree to film the opening scene - the massacre of soldiers and civilians by the Apaches - and some re-shoots. The studio kept his paycheck and never allowed any more footage to be shot anyway.
The studio wanted to fire Sam Peckinpah but Charlton Heston convinced them not to, when he threatened to return his $400,000 fee and pull out of the project.
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