- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
- Would You Recommend?
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Interesting in retrospect
Frank Sinatra, harbinger of social change? Sinatra was singular in that he made two films with the prevailing negative view of minorities just before social movements of the '60's were to radically alter perspectives. In Sergeants 3 (1962) Native Americans were first viewed as objects of farce and later as a menace to the state. It was based on historical fact, the Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee Massacre, which became a rallying point of the American Indian Movement in 1973. The Detective (1968) dealt with gay characters who are desperate victims, filmed just one year before the Stonewall Uprising. Prime examples of how a film can become fascinating for aspects its makers were completely unaware of at the time.
- kevin sellers
As a rat pack comedy/drama it's about half as good as "Ocean's 11," with a couple good action sequences and an endearing performance by Sammy Davis as a U.S. cavalry version of Gunga Din. And it looks good, courtesy of the always fine cinematographer of westerns, Winton Hoch. Otherwise, it's most forgettable, with the other four rat packers phoning it in and not even much female eye candy to look at past Ruta Lee. Give it a C. P.S. Even for 1961, this film's depiction of Native Americans, with it's jokes about the Ghost Dance, the fear of which among whites precipitated the final annihilation of Wounded Knee, falls somewhere between insensitive and bigoted.
This film was not, and still is not, supposed to be taken literally as a take-for-take remake of Gunga Din. Yes, same subject matter only twisted a little here and there, but nonetheless, it's NOT meant to be taken as a TOTAL remake. What it IS meant for is for laughs. It's the Rat Pack; it's Dean, Frank, Sammy and the rest. It was meant for one to escape for a couple of hours, forget about his/her troubles. That's all. It's not the greatest film ever made, it's no Gone with the Wind, or better yet it's no GUNGA DIN. It's just a comedy meant to get some laughs out of you, and it does.
Ok, this is the WORST! i ADORE Sinatra, but could the "boys" have made a WORST MOVIE? Hello! Sinatra at his best-ok, From Here to Eternity is a "given" but i say it is "None but the Brave"-awesome! i love fim-PERIOD, but this moviw let me down SO BAD! i swear it was filmed in 2 days! ONLY WATCH if you are a "Brat Pack" fan ONCE-you will LOSE IT otherwise!
Remakes stink in any decade...
Seriously, this is one of the worst remakes I've ever seen. Most remakes are and this is no exception. What an insult to Gunga Din.
Why I like this film.
- Ricky Szewczyk
When this film 1st appeared on the big screen, many critics lambasted it because of it's obvious plot being a knock-off of "Gunga-Din" with Sammy Davis Jr. playing the role of the "water-boy", only as a bugler instead. However Sam Jaffe could never sing & dance as well as Mr. Davis. Add the rest of the "Rat-Pack" into the mix, lots of action, & you've got one great film! I've been looking for this film for years & only noticed it coming to TCM in the last few days. It makes me wonder why we haven't seen it before.
- nick d'ambrosio
I would like a copy of this movie--is it possible to obtain? If not please notify me when it isThanks
- Dean S
If "The Best of the Price is Right" is being released then I'm sure the Sergeants 3 can too. Geesh!
The Rat Pack at their best.I love this movie. It needs to be shown again. It really has been a long time since its aired on any channel. Its up to youTMC, please air it soon.
For the calvary buff
A retelling of Gunga Din set in the American West, featuring the Rat Pack with Sammy Davis, Jr., as the buglar who saves the cavalry from the Indians. Plenty of action to entertain the 10 year old in all of us.
Its been way too long since this movie was aired,not only would I like to see this movie again but would buy it as would many other Turner Classic Movie fans!
havent seen in 40 years but would like to see it again since most are gone,as i remember it was a good movie!