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Historically Inaccurate,Flynn was Custer.
Many reviews have noted the historical flaws. And as a film, this was not particularly a good film. There have been numerous versions of the "Last Stand". The one thing outstanding thing that separates this from others is Flynn as Custer. He also played Custer in Santa Fe Trail with DeHavilallad and Ron Reagan. This film was also historically inaccurate, but was a better film as far as the plot went. In real life, Custer's life, like so many Brevet Generals life ended when the Civil War ended. To many Generals, not enough positions. What I don't understand about Hollywood, is they have a perfect plot waiting to be made, about Custer's actual life. His real love affair with Libby, his political connections, his "Potomac Fever". He had an exceptional dramatic character. Unfortunately, he carried a lot of men to their death seeking redemption, and crack at becoming President. It would be a difficult film to make. Everyone knows that Flynn died with his boots on at the Little Big Horn.
Flynn is terrific!
While I really like Flynn in this role, I dislike his character being portrayed as some sort of hero for leading his men, including his only two brothers, to their certain deaths. Custer graduated LAST in his class at West Point and he hated all the studying when he only really wanted to go to war. There is no doubt he was a great cavalryman but he wasn't much of a man in real life. His wife, ably and beautifully portrayed by Olivia de Haviland, was a woman of great virtue who went with her husband to most of his postings. De Haviland showed, just on her face, the love that Mrs. Custer felt for her husband during their marriage. Custer was a deeply flawed man who was in love with the excitement of war. No less than President U. S. Grant found his actions at Little Big Horn beyond the pale and "entire unnecessary." I wish they had shown this egotistical and disastrous side of Custer in this film!
they died with there boots on
- will ramage
custer was a character, at west point,young and having a good time, he accelled in some subjects and failed in others not so different from the rest of us. during the civil war he was one the most outstanding officers in the union army. 1st. bullrun he stopped the confederate advance on washington. at gettysburg his michigan brigade stopped gen. jeb stuarts cavalry corp. from flanking the union army from behind. the union army would have been beaten, end of battle possably end of the war, possably even the union itself. at the bellknapp investigation custer spoke out against graft and corruption in the president grant administration. soldiers and indians all being cheated out of wages and promised treaty goods. at the little big horn custers seventh cavalry was the only cavalry unit that showed up. gen. terry, gibbon and gen crook with 3000 soldiers never showed.they died with there boots, was made at a time( world war 2) when america did NOT need a scandal regarding political policies. warner bros. probably didnt want law suites from family descendents of corrupt polititions who made there fortunes on blood money,so they threw in some fictional names. the facts( real facts) are there. errol flynn and cast did a fantastic job. my personal favorite line is (where IS the regiment going ? errol flynn as custer (with a memorable wild look in his eyes) to hell sharpe or to glory, depends on ones point of view.
The last kiss was the best one!
Errol Flynn said, more than once, that he kept his mouth shut during all his kissing scenes (an unfortunate experience with an early overeager leading lady) -- but I think the two must've had some sort of presentiment about this being their last picture together, because Libby & George's final embrace is Flynn's most romantic on film. That farewell gets me every time, as surely as does Spencer Tracy's throwaway line to Kate Hepburn in *their* last film together (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?). And this may not have been Custer's true story, but I *wish* it was. One of his best performances.
FLYNN'S BEST PERFORMANCE!
- alexander perez
this film is not only one of flynn's four best Westerns, next to DODGE CITY, VIRGINIA CITY, and SANTA FE TRAIL, but it's truly his best performance. Flynn plays the legendary General Custer with conviction, and the same can be said for lovely Olivia DeHavilland as Custer's wife Libby, this being her last time as Flynn's co-star, and what a touching last time it was! but despite the fact that Flynn was Australian, and his Custer's moustache was his usual pencil thin without being as droopy as Custer really had it, i think Flynn, like Robin Hood, is the best and most well known Custer on screen. the film is wonderful, with Max Steiner's music thundering Gallantry and incorporating the 7th Cavalry theme, "Garry Owen", thrilling Battle scenes that sweep across the screen that surpass any of today's action movies in classy direction, and just about everything else about the film is great. one of my favorite Westerns and one of my favorite Flynn flicks!
They Died with their Boots On
- J. Miklitch
Great movie. I never get tired watching it. Very entertaining. But Custer was done an injustice when the movie portrayed his promotion to general as an administrative snafu. He was, arguably, the best cavalryman in the Civil War outside of J.E.B. Stuart. Sheridan, in fact, told Custer's wife that he could think of no one who did more for the Union Army's cause than her husband.
Portrait of a Fallen War Hero.
- Frank Harris Horn
Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland make their last film appearance together as they star in Raoul Walsh's thrilling, action-packed Western epic as Flynn portrays the gallant war hero, George Armstrong Custer (1839-76), who rises in the ranks from a West Point graduate to a war hero, who leads his 7th Cavalry regiment in an ill-fated battle against the Sioux at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Flynn is flamboyant as Custer as both he and Olivia are poignant in their swan song performance together especially in their farewell scene. Max Steiner's exciting musical score is superb. Fine vignettes amidst episodic buildup to exciting "Last Stand" climax. Also starring Sydney Greenstreet, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Hattie McDaniel, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, John Litel, Walter Hampden, Regis Toomey, Joseph Sawyer, Frank Wilcox, Joseph Crehan, Walter Brooke, Selmer Jackson, Addison Richards, Minor Watson & Frank Ferguson.
They Died With Their Boots On
A touching cinematic experience, which brings Olivia de Havilland and errol Flynn full circle as this was their 8th and final film together. If you are looking for historical accuracy, this is not the film for you. This is great movie with superb acting, with all the added elements of romance, drama, action pathos, and more. it is worth watching just for Olivia and Errol's sublime chemistry alone. Though they allegedly had no off screen romance, there is something very personal and profound going on between the two especially in their final scene together. it is more than just a movie script. It is astonishing to view it and brings a tear to the eye no matter how many times I see it. It is a must for any classic movie fans.
They Died With Their Boots On ... 1941
- Tennessee Trader
Simply fantastic picture ... Errol Flynn at his very best! The chemistry of Olivia de Haviland; Sydney Greenstreet; Arthur Kennedy; and Gene Lockhart add sumptuously to the delightful flavor of this classic. Why Alan Hale didn't make it into this film remains a mystery to me? Right in there with THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD; THE SEA HAWK; OBJECTIVE BURMA; DIVE BOMBER; and last but hardly least ... DESPERATE JOURNEY. BTW ... pray tell WHY???? isn't DESPERATE JOURNEY on DVD????
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
- Jay Higgins
The best of the Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn pairings, after the Adventures of Robin Hood of course. Great supporting cast, rousing, fun, romantic, action...it has it all. Flynn is, of course dashing and great. A classic.
May not be historicaly accurate but Errol Flynn at his best. Great action great cast .seen it hundred times.
They Died with Their Boots On
Many movies of Ledgend and Myth often go with the myth. Seems profeesional soliders get a few stars. They often were targets on there backs for politicans and everyone under a rock.
ONE OF HIS BEST
This is an enjoyable movie.It has a lot of great scenes and the action is second to none.It is one of Errol Flynns best efforts.