The Horse Soldiers
The Horse Soldiers (1959)

John Ford's Civil War-era docudrama stars John Wayne as John Marlowe, a Union colonel spearheading a group of saboteurs on a mission to destroy a Confederate railroad.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Lively Western full of events and imagery.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not one of John Ford-John Wayne's best collaborations, this Civil War Western has some merits, primarily visual, but also thematic in positing the military (Wayne) verus the medical profession (William Holden) in terms of civic and personal duty

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Though flawed, John Ford's The Horse Soldiers has a fair amount going for it: the well-oiled partnership of Ford and star John Wayne (and an assist from William Holden); Ford's vivid visual style; and large-scale action. [Blu-ray]

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Steve Crum

Fine Wayne and Ford western with equally strong Holden.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a lesser Ford, rife with his backwards attempts at humor, but even a lesser Ford is still a film by one of the cinema's greatest poets. It's still very much worth a viewing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a quintessential John Ford Western.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Not one of the essential Ford/Wayne westerns but nevertheless a strong film. Wayne and Holden are great and Ford's vivid visual style is striking.
xGary Xx
The John Ford/John Wayne partnership is probably the most reliable in the history of the western, although it can seem a little difficult to tell some of them… More
Tim Salmons
Another fantastic Wayne/Ford classic. The Searchers seems to have a lot in common with this film as far as themes and actors, so it tends to remind me of it a… More
Keith Munley
Sometimes looks can be deceiving. With John Wayne, William Holden and John Ford all working on the same movie I think that my expectations were really high, so… More
Dean McKenna
This John Ford's frontier actioner packed with laughter, romance and thrills. Based on a true incident during the Civil War, this is a minor, but… More
Barry Lappin
Its John Wayne...nuff said.