Custer of the West

Synopsis: The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.
Director(s): Robert Siodmak
Production: Simitar
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min





I didn't recognize you without

your hourse. Sit down.

Thank you, sir.

Lincoln wants us to write

personally... the widow and

grieving mother. You knew...

...Major Bridge, didn't you?

- I did.

"As Commanding General,

I have the opportunity... know your late husband

Major Bridges.

I was present at his death.

It may be of some comfort

to you to know that...

...he died as the coward he was,

with his back to the enemy...

...climbing a fence

to get away.

- What did you write?

- The usual, of course.

"He met his end unflinching...

...despite the severity

of his wounds...

...and sacrificed his life

so that others could live.

Etc, etc.

Phillip Sheridan.

Commanding General

Army of Potomac".

You're staying in the Army,

aren't you, Custer?

I like the life,

you know that.

You want me to find

a post for you...

...someplace lively,


That's what am I here for,


There's some Indians out west

that need killing.

That's a dirty job.

Not the sort of thing

that appeals to you, is it?


No, you prefer a holy war.

The state of union.

Onward Christian soldiers,

free the slaves!

Well, I suppose

I can't blame you.

No one's gonna pin a medal

on you for killing Indians...

...and stealing their land.

- What's the matter?

I'm concerned about you,


You're the only man I know...

...who reached the top

of his profession...

...and was on his way down

before he was 30.

What happens

to a boy General...

...when they don't need

anymore Generals?

I don't know.

Tell me!

Well, I suppose the boy general

should become...

...a boy farmer

or boy bank clerk, or...

How about a cowboy?

Oh, I forgot you, don't drink.

You didn't forget.

You just keep trying.

All right. I'll make a drunk

out of you yet.

General, you must have

something I'm right for.

I've got a few jobs here,

you can have your pick.

I guess you deserve it.


Garrison in Atlanta.

Soft life, sort or like

being a Prison Warden.

- No.

- Here's another one.

There's an arsenal up in

New York State, out of service.

They won't be making

any more guns...

...but its government property

so has to be protected.

I guess somebody's got

to make sure the kids...

...don't throw rocks

through the windows.


All right.

Here's a job as Cavalry

Instructor with West Point.

Teaching the yahoos how

to get off and on a horse.

No, General, no.

- Well, what do you want?

- I want action!

That brings us back

to the Indians.

They're on the land and

we want it. Plain robbery.

You won't be able to tell

yourself you're fighting for...

...a noble cause. You know there

must be over a million of them.

You could be outnumbered

a hundred to one.

You'd be fighting against the

best legged cavalry in the... and you'll have

to chase those devils...

...over the roughest

country in the world...

...desert, mountains,


You know, Custer?

You could become...

...a living legend.

Or get yourself killed.

Dead men make

better legends.

It's up to you.

You want to go west?

Libby! Libby!

How come they didn't name

the boat after you?

Take the flowers, Libby.

Are you really a General, Ody?

You think I hired

this uniform?

It's true what everyone's

saying... won the war

all by yourself.

No, I was only in 60 charges.

I know, I fought in every one

of them too...

...alone in bed every night.

You're not the only hero

in the family.

Did I tell you they built

a statue of you...

...outside the courthouse?

- How do I look?

Damned if he was getting off

that boat...

...10' tall.

I used to go out there every day

and sit beside you and knit.

And I climbed down

now and then?

- Where's your luggage?

- On the boat

You going somewhere?

The Dakota territory.

This time you're going with me.

Remember what the man said,

"for richer or poorer...

...for better for worse".

My bag's in there.

Have you got

a comfortable cabin?

General Sheridan

sent me a message.

This time we're in this thing

together, my friend.


I warned 'em.

Is this show being

put on for us?

They're telling you,

General Custer.

Keep the settlers out the

Indian territory...

...and they'll handle things


You seem to understand the

Indian point of view, Benteen?

Watch ahead!

Grab the stick, Charlie!

Try to steer it!

Try to steer it!

We're coming to a right turn!

Turn to the left!

To the left, go on!

Hold it steady!

We're coming to a right!

Go on, watch it!

Watch it!

To the right!

To the right, hurry up!

Hold it, hold it!

Are you all right, Charlie?

Turn left!

To the right!

Go on, to the right!

To the left!

Go on, to the left!

Hold steady,

Turn right, Charlie!

We're coming to a right!

To a right!

Hurry up, to the right!

To the left, go on,

to the left!

To the left,

hold steady!

To the left!

Now, to the right!

To the right!

To the left, go on!

Hurry up, to the left!

Hold steady!

Watch ahead, to the right!

To the right!

Now, to the left!

To the left!

Watch it!

Dismount the men,

prepare to fire.

The Indians are well within

their rights, Sir.

The treaty gives them the

authority on their territory.



All right, the Indians

are out of range.

Stop wasting your ammunition.



Present sabres!

Mayor Reno reporting, sir.

Welcome to the fort.

- Troops ready for inspection.

- Thank, you, Major.

I hope the parade

met with your approval, sir.

- Very good, one observation.

- Sir?

You only play

Hail to the Chief...

...for the President

of the United States.

- I'll have that corrected, Sir.

- Thank you. Dismiss the men.

Yes, sir.

Order! Left!

- Benteen.

- Dismiss the troops, Sergeant.


Troops dis-missed!

Why'd you join the Army,


Come in, Major Reno.

Just asking the Captain here

why he joined the Army.

Sit down.

You're a crusader, ain't you?

Serve the Union.

Now you want to serve

the world.

Well, that's not the kind

of Army I'm gonna run.

Yes, sir.

Now, Major, what made you

choose the military way of life?

Well, sir, I was born into it.

I came from a long line

of professional soldiers.

My father fought

with Andy Jackson...

...and my brother

was at the Alamo.

Your father a drunk, too.

I'd like to remind you sir, that

I'm an officer and a gentleman.

I was wondering, Major,

if you come from...

...a long line of drunkards?

By the way, that parade of

yours out there, that was...

...the most stupid

miserable parade...

...I ever saw in all my life.

How many drinks

did you have today, Major?

One or two.

Can't remember?

I can tell you why

you joined the Army.

It was because the Army

gave you a home.

Because blind or sober...

...know matter how much

he drinks...'re entitled

to the saloon...'re entitled to the

respect of every officer...

...and man under

your command.

Major, there's no law

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