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Custer of the West (1967)

George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.


Robert Siodmak




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Mary Ure ... Elizabeth Custer
Ty Hardin ... Maj. Marcus Reno
Jeffrey Hunter ... Capt. Benteen
Lawrence Tierney ... Gen. Philip Sheridan
Marc Lawrence ... Gold Miner
Kieron Moore ... Chief Dull Knife
Charles Stalmaker Charles Stalmaker ... Lt. Howells (as Charles Stalnaker)
Robert Hall Robert Hall ... Sgt. Buckley
Jack Gaskins Jack Gaskins
Jack Taylor
John Clark John Clark ... Fort Doctor
Fred Kohler Jr. ... (as Fred Kohler)
Bill Christmas Bill Christmas
Luis Rivera Luis Rivera ... Indian Scout


The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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From the fury and chaos of the Civil War to the glory days of the 7th Cavalry ...to the final earth-shaking charge at Little Big Horn! See more »


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Did You Know?


When Fred Zinnemann was preparing his Custer movie for Fox, it was going to be called "The Day Custer Fell". This was in 1965 and Robert Mitchum was signed to play the lead, with Toshirô Mifune as Sitting Bull. Budget concerns lead to the project getting canceled. See more »


When the Scout is supposedly shot with an arrow through the neck whilst standing next to Custer, the point and notch halves of the arrow shaft can be seen springing forward and out from behind his neck on either side. See more »


Gen. George Armstrong Custer: [after the Washita River Massacre in 1868] Take a dispatch to General Sheridan. Despite overwhelming odds, a great victory was won here today. Factors contributing to our success were - One, the Indians were asleep, - Two, the women and children offered little resistance, - Three, the Indians are bewildered by our change of policy.
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Alternate Versions

35mm prints released in both complete and shortened versions. Some shortened versions were titled "A Good Day for Fighting". See more »


Featured in I Am Not Your Negro (2016) See more »


Music by Bernardo Segall (as Bernardo Segáll)
Lyrics by Robert Shaw
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Not the ultimate Custer interpretation
28 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The figure of George Armstrong Custer still inspires controversy even today. Just what drove him, ambition, hubris, whatever is still being debated today. I don't think anyone has really gotten a handle on his character in any film.

This one however gives it a good try. Robert Shaw and Mary Ure play the General and his wife and she's important in the story. She outlived him by about 50 years, dying in the early Thirties. She was the custodian of the Custer legacy.

Also important in the story are General Phil Sheridan of whom Custer was a protégé of sorts. Sheridan is played here by Lawrence Tierney and he's also an interesting figure. As are Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen, his second and third in command played by Ty Hardin and Jeffrey Hunter. Even amateur military historians still debate about how Custer split his force in three with these other two taking significant portions of the 7th Cavalry. It was only the men who are under Custer's direct command who were annihilated at the Little Big Horn.

No one is saying that this is the ultimate Custer interpretation, but it beats Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland in They Died With Their Boots On.

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Release Date:

24 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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