The Undefeated

Synopsis: After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

[ Bugle Call ]

[ Men Whooping ]

[ Whooping Continues ]

[ Man ] Fire!


[ Grunts ]

[ Horse Neighing ]

[ Grunts, Groans ]

Bugler, sound recall!

[ Man Approaching On Horse ]|It's over!

It's over!

Corporal Clemens, sir, from|Masters' Brigade at Dante's Crossroads!

Who gave you permission to come|ridin' across the face of my|command yellin' like a fool?

- Have you got a message for me|from General Masters?|- Yes, sir.

- Deliver it!|- That's it, sir!

- The war is over!|- [ Men Cheering ]

Lee surrendered to General Grant|in Virginia-- a place|called Appomattox Courthouse!

- When?|- Three days ago, sir!

[ Cheering Continues ]

Three days, huh?

General Masters just got word|himself, Colonel Thomas!

Our wires were down!|With your permission, sir!

Rig up a flag of truce,|Blue Boy!

- Short Grub?|- Yo!

Let's go!

I be a sergeant, sir!|Can I be of any service to y'all?

I'd like to talk|to your commanding officer!

Who be givin' orders today,Jim?

Yes, sir?


I've just received word that Lee|surrendered to Grant three days ago!

- Yes, sir!|- You knew it?

We received the news yesterday!

I don't think you understand,|Major! The war is over!

No, sir!

Are you telling me that|you intend to keep fighting?

- Haven't we just proven it?|- But why?

Because this is our land,|and you're on it!

We're all Americans!

Yes, sir! That's always been|the saddest part of it!

- Good day, sir!|- Colonel.

Thank you for your courtesy!


Come on!

- Captain Anderson!|- Here, sir!

General Robert E! Lee|surrendered! Am I right?

Yes, sir!

That means that officially we|no longer exist as an armed body,

yet everywhere I look here|today I see armed men!!!

wearing uniforms|and flying the battle flag!

- Get it down!|- Yes, sir!


Yes, sir?

- Take down the flag!|- Yes, sir!

All right, people,|now listen to me, all of you!

We have about 2,000 miles to go!

Seven hundred of them are between|here and the Mexican border!!!

and through a Yankee|occupation army!

We are not gonna give the lowliest|blue belly we meet along the way!!!

any reason to suspect we're anything|but a band ofhomeless pilgrims.

Until we cross the Rio Grande,|arms and ammunition will remain|in the bottom of the wagons!

You men pack those uniforms away|and wear regular clothing.

The poorer looking, the better.

Now, once across the border,|we still have another 500 miles to go!!!

before we reach|a town called Durango!

There we will be met by representatives|of Emperor Maximilian!!!

who will escort us to Mexico City!

- Captain Anderson!|- Sir?

- We leave at midnight!|- Yes, sir!

[ Soldiers Singing ]|Hurrah, boys, hurrah

Down with the traitor|Up with the star

Oh, we'll rally|'round the flag, boys

We'll rally once again

Shouting the battle cry|of freedom

We will rally from the hillside

We'll gather from the plain

Shouting the battle cry|of freedom

The Union forever|Hurrah, boys, hurrah

Down with the traitor|Up with the star

While we rally|'round the flag, boys

Rally once again

Shouting the battle cry|of freedom

- [ Union Song Continues ]|- I wish I was in the land of cotton

Old times there|were not forgotten

Look away, look away|Look away, Dixie Land

In Dixie Land where I was born

Early on one frosty mornin'|Look away, look away

Look away, Dixie Land

I wish I was in Dixie|Hooray, hooray

In Dixie Land|I'll take my stand

To live and die in Dixie

Away, away|Away down south in Dixie

Away, away|Away down south in Dixie


Ah, Mrs! Langdon!|My name is Benedict!

Thad Benedict, late of Pittsburgh,|but now of Natchez!

This here's my partner,|Jimmy Collins!

Word's goin' around,|Mrs! Langdon,

that you people are of a mind|to put your place up for sale!

- Is that right?|- I beg your pardon, sir,|but I'm the sister-in-law!

I believe you want to speak|to Mrs!James Langdon!

Ah, Mrs!James Langdon!|Thad Benedict is my name!

I was just telling your sister-in-law|here we heard the place is up for sale!

- Is that right?|- No, that is not right, Mr! Benedict!

Aw, come on, ladies, we've come|all the way from Natchez!!!

just to make you people|a handsome offer.

Mind if I get down?

Yes, she does.|And so do I.

My father restin' over there--|he minds too!

Well, well, well, well!|You must be Colonel Langdon!

James Langdon?

Well, uh, Colonel,|I'm here to do you a favor!

Well, let's see now!|Uh!!! Langdon Hall Plantation!

Ah, yes, here it is!|Fifteen hundred acres!

Is that right?

Six hundred acres bottomland,|four hundred in pasture|and five hundred in woods!

Two streams, three ponds with|a two-and-a-half mile riverfront!

[ Chuckles ]|Nice place!

Thank you kindly!

I imagine the house could use|a little work, though, huh?

It could stand it!

Yeah! Well, I'll just|have a look inside!

We just swept the floor,|Mr! Benedict!

You understand?

I'll give you 50 cents an acre!|That's my top offer!

You buzzards, you come down here lookin'|to get fat on the misfortune of others!

This house is not for sale!

Not now, not next year,|not ever!

- Colonel, we are businessmen!|- You're trash!

Well, well! You're a right|plain-talkin' gentleman, ain't you?

You hear what the man|said,Jimmy? Trash!

All right, who's|gonna pick your cotton,

and who's gonna plow up|all that bottomland out there?

And who's gonna chop|the wood when it gets cold?

Now, now,Jimmy! No need|to get uppity with the colonel!

Sixty cents an acre!|Take it or leave it!

-Just like that, huh?|-Just like that!

If I was you,|I'd grab it!

We're gonna get it|anyway, you know!

We'll get the house and every last acre|of land when they put it up for taxes!

Oh, I see!

And, uh, how do you know it will|be put up for taxes, Mr! Benedict?

You went busted outfittin'|that rebel regiment of yours!

Now, what do you say?

Sixty cents!!! or nothin'!

[ Horse Neighing ]


Hyah! Hyah!|[ Whooping Continues ]

This belonged to|Granddaddy Langdon, Horace!

I think maybe|he'd want you to have it!

Thank you, sir!

- Little George!|- Yes, sir?

- Bring along that anvil and|as many tools as you can carry!|- Yes, sir!

Colonel, anybody goin' with us|talk that there Mexican?

Why don't you|stop lookin' at me?

I can't, Charlotte!

I just can't|keep my eyes off you!

Well, you make me uneasy,|Bubba Wilkes, so stop it!

You know, I've asked you a dozen times|to marry me, and you've never answered!

I'm too young to marry!

No girl who looks the way you do|is too young to marry!

Well, I am! If you don't|believe me, you can ask my daddy!

Ask your daddy! Your daddy knows there's|no man better suited to marry you--


Maybe you'd better go on up|to the house and help your mother!

Maybe you'd better go on up|to the house and help your mother!

- You're a good junior officer,|Bubba Wilkes!|- Thank you, sir!

- Don't let anybody tell you you're not!|- No, sir!

But as a young man!!!

with a desire|for my daughter's hand!!!

you're pitiful!

It embarrasses me to watch you!

- I don't understand, sir!|- You sure don't!

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James Lee Barrett

James Lee Barrett (November 19, 1929 – October 15, 1989) was an American author, producer and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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