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SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 19/2/2007 7:26:04 PM   
evil bill


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Soldier Blue was directed by Ralph Nelson and showed how deep bigotry and racial hatred was in the old west of 1864.The story centres on private in the US Cavalry(Peter Strauss),and young woman trying to join up with her fiancee(Candice Bergen).They are part of a paymasters detachment that is attacked by Cheyenne Indains,and are the only surviors.They make there way across country and have a run in with an eccentric gun runner(Donald Pleasence).As the story unfolds they both find there attitudes towards themselfs and the indains begin to change.It's a wonderful movie that is so enthralling,you are caught by surprise at the trully horific bloodbath at the end.This event at the end is a true story of Colonel Chivington and his Colorado Militia,who massacred 500 mainly women and children Cheyenne,he instructed his men"Kill and scalp all,big and little tits make lice"The rape and murder of these people is shown in some of the most grafic scenes ever in a westren,and makes for disturbing viewing,all the more because it did happen.5/5.

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RE: SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 19/2/2007 8:51:51 PM   
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I think 5 out of 5 is a bit a stretch. Except for the rape, pillage and murder of the locals by the US Calvary at the end, the rest of the film is quite slow going and not particularly well acted! Still, Soilder Blue is an interesting entry to the genre despite its flaws and is one of the few times you'll see the US calvary feature in such a role reversal - although whether it's a response to the denial of the American Holocaust in Hollyood movies by the filmmakers or has more of an association with the Mai Lai massacre in 1968 is debatable.

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RE: SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 20/2/2007 5:48:58 PM   
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I think 5 out of 5 is a bit a stretch. Except for the rape, pillage and murder of the locals by the US Calvary at the end, the rest of the film is quite slow going and not particularly well acted! Still, Soilder Blue is an interesting entry to the genre despite its flaws and is one of the few times you'll see the US calvary feature in such a role reversal - although whether it's a response to the denial of the American Holocaust in Hollyood movies by the filmmakers or has more of an association with the Mai Lai massacre in 1968 is debatable.

I have read that the movie was indeed a reaction to what was going on in Veitnam,but it also was to show how badly the Amercian Indain had been and still is treated.In fact the Indain race was nearly wiped out by so called Amercians,and as a race are still seen as a third class nation compared to the African Amercains.As for the rating it is maybe a bit much but the way it unfolds it gives no real hint to the bloodbath depressing end.It is by far the best of it's sub genre of the westren,and one of the most powerful endings to a movie around.

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RE: SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 20/2/2007 8:10:11 PM   
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I can vividly remember seeing this as a kid. The end scenes are truly harrowing and have stuck with me years on.

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RE: SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 4/3/2007 11:55:21 AM   
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Anyone interrested in this movie it's avaible on play.com for 6.99 region 2 UK.Also avaible on Amazon region 1 US 4.59.It's a must have westren/anit war movie.

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RE: SOLDIER BLUE(1970) - 4/3/2007 12:02:19 PM   
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Not a fan of this movie i have to say, heavily dated, over the top and instead the film's over ambiguous plot is the films fault and in the end i didn't feel anything accept eing uncomertable. 2 stars.

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