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USA: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr, Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, Brock Peters, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, R G Armstrong, L Q Jones, Slim Pickens, Karl Swenson, Michael Pate, John Davis Chandler, Dub Taylor, Albert Carrier, Jose Carlos Ruiz, Aurora Clavell, Begona Palacios, Enrique Lucero, Francisco Reiguera
Director: Sam Peckinpah
USA: 136 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violence and some sensuality
USA Release Date: 8 April 2005 (Limited re-release - New York: extended version)
Newly restored with 12 minutes of never-before-seen footage, this re-release version has an entirely new musical score and has been completely remixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound.
This western, adventure film sees Heston as Union officer Major Amos Dundee, in charge of a Civil War prison. Among the prisoners is his boyhood friend, Richard Harris (Captain Benjamin Tyreen of the Confederate Army), who has killed a Union guard and is scheduled to hang, along with other Confederates: Ben Johnson (Sgt Chillum), Warren Oates (O W Hadley), and others. Harris and Heston's are enemies now because they both disagreed which 'side' was right during the Civil War and fought in opposing armies.
During this time some renegade Apaches attacked another army outpost leaving most dead but taking white children as hostage. Heston is given an order to lead an expedition against the renegade Apaches and asks for volunteers to follow the Indians into Mexico and track them down, killing or capturing them. Needing experienced troops Heston revokes the execution order for Harris and his men. They join up with a motley group of outcasts, misfits, and some Union troops to track down the Apache. Harris agrees to help Heston track down the Apaches but vows to kill him at the end of the mission...