|THE GLORY GUYS (directors: Arnold Laven/Sam Peckinpah; screenwriters: Sam Peckinpah/based on the novel The Dice of God by Hoffman Buney; cinematographer: James Wong Howe; editors: Melvin Shapiro/Ernst R. Rolf; music: Riz Ortolani; cast: Tom Tryon (Capt. Demas Harrod), Harve Presnell (Sol Rogers), Senta Berger (Lou Woddard), James Caan (Pvt. Anthony Dugan), Andrew Duggan (Gen. Frederick McCabe), Slim Pickens (Sgt. James Gregory), Peter Breck (Lt. Bunny Hodges), Jeanne Cooper (Mrs. Rachael McCabe), Michael Anderson Jr. (Pvt. Martin Hale); Runtime: 112; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Arthur Laven/Arthur Gardner/Jules Levy; (MGM) United Artists; 1965)|
bloody climax will awaken those who
might have snoozed off."
by Dennis Schwartz
fatalist Major Dundee like western co-directed by
the film's writer Sam Peckinpah ("Convoy"/"Ride
The High Country"/"The Getaway). Peckinpah was
replaced after starting the film by its producer
Arthur Laven ("Sam Whiskey"). It's based on the novel
The Dice of God by Hoffman Buney.
It tells of a politically ambitious frontier Cavalry
commander, Gen. Frederick McCabe (Andrew
Duggan), who in an act
of sheer madness sacrifices his troops in battle to
gain personal glory.
subplot has Captain Harrod (Tom Tyron) and the
frontier scout, Sol Rogers (Harve
Presnell), vying for the attention
of the sexpot frontier woman with a dark past, Lou
Woodard (Senta Berger).
is not a very good director and his tepid direction
fails to get the most out out of the dramatic
fireworks. Also the recycled comedy is familiar to
standard western and didn't work for me. But the
photography of James Wong Howe is scintillating and
keeps you glued to the screen. And the bloody climax
will awaken those who might have snoozed off. The breath-taking
battle scene, with massive deaths, has the Cavalry
slaughtered by the Indians.
REVIEWED ON 11/9/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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