• Released
  • March 15, 1965
  • NR , 2 hr 4 min
  • Drama
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Major Dundee Synopsis
A Union major (Charlton Heston) uses a Rebel captain's (Richard Harris) motley gang.
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Washington Post

By Stephen Hunter
What's important is that Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's not a masterpiece, but its story of Civil War enemies banding together for battle against Indian warriors and French soldiers packs an...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Expanded, Major Dundee is still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If you want to see the missing link between John Wayne's squint and Clint Eastwood's sneer, look no further than Charlton Heston in Major...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
As flawed as it is, Major Dundee maintains its dignity in the face of the injustices that were done to it. Ripped-up and ragtag, it still...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
It's hard to imagine "The Wild Bunch" having the depth and grace it did without Peckinpah having this experience to draw on, and for that...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's...
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TV Guide

An offbeat and sometimes jumbled western adventure film. (Review of Original Release)
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Sadly, it's still a plodding affair that's low on plausible character motivation and compelling action scenes, and it's still not much of a...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
What rescues Major Dundee in the end from its many conflicts and unresolved passions is Heston.
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Rated NR