Major Dundee
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Sam Peckinpah's 1965 feature Major Dundee was recut and rescored for re-release theatrically in 2005, 40 years after its original release. The "Extended Version," as it is known officially, tells essentially the same story as the original but with clearer motivations for the characters (which often seemed vague or obscure in the 1965 edition) and much greater effectiveness. Major Amos Charles Dundee (Charlton Heston) is a West Point graduate who somehow -- it's not clear -- exceeded his orders while serving in the Battle of Gettysburg and, as punishment, has been taken out of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Sam Peckinpah's crippled film plays best as a dry run for The Wild Bunch."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"No true Peckinpah-lover should pass it by."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Very disappointing Peckinpah western "classic" is not even near such."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Peckinpah's Western, starring Charlton Heston, is compromised due to studio interverence, but it still has merits"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The new Dundee plugs some of the story holes but, sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Giddy-up, Western lovers. This one is worth the return engagement."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"An offbeat and sometimes jumbled western adventure film sees Heston as a Union officer in charge of a jail in the Southwest."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This restored version demonstrates is that while it remains an uneven work, it has flashes of brilliance as well as a general air of competence, even elegance in storytelling."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Testosterone Valhalla ... This newly restored version proves to be one of the most purely enjoyable, least thorny examples of [Peckinpah's] work."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"It's one of those flawed, fascinating films that are somehow more intriguing than many a smooth-cheeked blockbuster."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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
"It's an ode to the unstable, explosive force that was Sam Peckinpah, as well as to the powerful studio system that crushed him and kept him down."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"They don't make movies or movie directors like this anymore."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"The restored version becomes a near masterpiece--a most powerful but fragmented western of epic proportions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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