Soldier Blue


1h 52m 1970

Brief Synopsis

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta, and his disgust for her anti-American beliefs. They reach the cavalry campsite on the eve of an attack on a Cheyenne village, where Honus will learn which side has really been telling him the truth.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Aug 1970
Production Company
Katzka-Berne Productions
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Arrow in the Sun by Theodore V. Olsen (New York, 1969).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Cresta Marybelle Lee and Pvt. Honus Gant, the sole survivors of a Cheyenne massacre, set out for Fort Reunion. As they travel, the foulmouthed Cresta reveals that during two years of captivity she was the wife of Spotted Wolf, head of the raiding party, and that she now intends to marry Lieut. John McNair, her wealthy fiancé. Although menaced by a Kiowa band, the pair is allowed to proceed when Gant bests the Indian leader in a fight. When they encounter gunrunner Isaac Q. Cumber, however, Gant sets the saleman's store afire, and the infuriated Cumber shoots Gant in retaliation. In a secluded cave Cresta binds the soldier's wounds and the couple make love. Anxious for Gant's recovery, Cresta rushes to Fort Reunion. As she arrives, she learns that the cavalry is bound on a reprisal raid against the Cheyenne. Alarmed, she warns the tribe and discovers Spotted Wolf eager to make peace. Gant reaches the regiment as it, ignoring Spotted Wolf's white flag, massacres, mutilates, rapes, and pillages the Indian encampment. Horrified, he protests and is promptly arrested. Cresta chooses to remain among the survivors.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Aug 1970
Production Company
Katzka-Berne Productions
Distribution Company
Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Arrow in the Sun by Theodore V. Olsen (New York, 1969).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Exterior scenes filmed in Mexico. Arthur Ornitz was replaced as photographer several weeks into production; Robert Hauser receives screen credit.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970