April 26: Major Dundee (Extended Version)

Major Dundee (Extended Version)

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Major Dundee (Extended Version)

Four years before The Wild Bunch, director Sam Peckinpah gave audiences another gritty, star-studded western adventure, Major Dundee.  After going over budget and over schedule, the film was notoriously taken away from the visionary auteur, heavily cut and saddled with a bombastic score despite Peckinpah’s protests. Now the Extended Version recuts, restores, and rescores this mistreated work to greatly expand and clarify, coming closer than ever before to the filmmaker’s original vision. Charlton Heston stars as an oppressive cavalry officer who leads a ragtag squad of soldiers and Confederate prisoners on a dangerous expedition into Mexico to track a band of Apache.

“It’s hard to imagine The Wild Bunch having the depth and grace it did without Peckinpah having this experience to draw on, and for that masterful film alone we’re grateful to have Major Dundee back among the living again.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles, Times

“Based on a treatment by Harry Julian Fink (Dirty Harry), the film seems a direct reaction to Ford’s Fort Apache (1948), with Charlton Heston cast as a more psychotic, more bluntly careerist version of Ford’s Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda).” – Dave Kehr, The New York Times

“It’s richer and more interesting, partly because some motivations have been cleared up, partly because the music isn’t a burden and partly because we now can see that this was all leading to the creation of a truly great film four years later.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times

Director
Sam Peckinpah
Starring
Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr, Mario Adorf, Brock Peters, Senta Berger
Year
1965
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
136 minutes

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