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?

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