Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Horse Soldiers

While it falls far short of the classic films they made together over the years, this story of a Union Calvary outfit on a suicide mission through the deep south is still enjoyable thanks to John Ford’s workmanlike direction and John Wayne’s equally efficient performance. The film tells the story of a gruff officer (Wayne) sent to destroy a Rebel supply dump and cause as much destruction as possible along the way. Against his wishes, he’s saddled with a sympathetic doctor (William Holden) who believes more in the Hippocratic Oath more then the Union cause. A flighty southern belle Constance Towers) is thrown into the mix to give the men something soft to fight over.

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