Custer of the West
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Opening with a montage depicting its subject's Civil War exploits, Custer of the West carries us across four years of fighting in less than four minutes of screen time. The Civil War ended, George Armstrong Custer (Robert Shaw) longs for action and to hold onto his rank of general, so General Phil Sheridan (Lawrence Tierney) sends him West, admitting that there will be no nobility to his cause there -- the government and the people want the land, and that means getting the Indians off of it by any means necessary. He arrives in time to see a party of Cheyenne (whom the real Custer never… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Capable, audience-involving adventure on the visual level which doesn't rise to the epic stature but is content to resume the 'facts' about the Seventh Cavalry without taking a coherent attitude to them."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This film hints at being a successful epic but is ultimately just a modest biography of Civil War general George Custer."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's an ambitious and occasionally stylish work, expertly crafted but let down by a script which doesn't quite decide what angle to take on its controversial protagonist."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A lumbering biopic on the misunderstood courageous Civil War and Indian fighter General George Armstrong Custer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"So much strange cutting and botching went into the job that it is nearly impossible to follow the story and that the moment of Custer's great crisis of some sort is completely impossible to understand."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Fails to come up with the goods."
‑ , Film4
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