They Died with Their Boots On
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They Died with Their Boots On
Though history is distorted almost beyond recognition in Warner Bros.' They Died With Their Boots On, audiences in 1941 ate it up like cotton candy. In the gospel according to Warners, General George Armstrong Custer (Errol Flynn) is neither an arrogant fool nor a rabid Indian hater. Instead, he is a flamboyant but brilliant cavalry officer, who during the Civil War defies his superiors' orders and becomes a hero as a result. After a period of forced retirement in the postwar years, Custer is put in charge of the 7th Cavalry in the Dakota Territory. Here he whips this ragtag group into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A rousing Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Endures as one of the finest Flynn-de Havilland collaborations."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Powerful, if heavily fictionalized, Western, with dynamic direction by Raoul Walsh."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Glorified Custer, sure, but Flynn is spectacular."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"suffers from being too long and meandering too much into the minutiae of Custer's love life"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Well-made, but specious."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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