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The Undefeated (1969)

After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.


Andrew V. McLaglen


James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Stanley Hough (story) (as Stanley L. Hough)




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Col. John Henry Thomas
Rock Hudson ... Col. James Langdon
Antonio Aguilar ... Gen. Rojas (as Tony Aguilar)
Roman Gabriel ... Blue Boy
Marian McCargo ... Ann
Lee Meriwether ... Margaret
Merlin Olsen ... Little George
Melissa Newman ... Charlotte
Bruce Cabot ... Confederate sergeant Jeff Newby
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Bubba Wilkes (as Michael Vincent)
Ben Johnson ... Short Grub
Edward Faulkner ... Anderson
Harry Carey Jr. ... Webster
Paul Fix ... Gen. Joe Masters
Royal Dano ... Maj. Sanders


After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Across 2000 miles of savage wasteland ... they lived a thundering adventure that rocked two nations !


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Did You Know?


Rock Hudson was asked not to bring his partner on location for the three-month shoot. See more »


At the end of the film, as everyone rides slowly toward the camera, a red pickup truck enters from the right and casually drives alongside the river in the background. See more »


Short Grub: Are they biting?
Judd Mailer: Nope.
Short Grub: Maybe you're not holding your mouth right.
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Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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Just Fun
14 November 2006 | by noworkinternationalSee all my reviews

The seven vote is simply an attempt at film criticism objectivity.

But, since I'll always end up watching the darn thing when I spot it surfing channels, and having felt majorly disappointed when I missed all but the end on AMC, it has to be a 9 in terms of enjoyability, to me.

Love the music too. I'll be singing it every so often just by happenstance.

The ending is somewhat ironic. No huge climactic battle against Rojas, but a prior fight against the forces of Mexico the cowboys were intending to supply the horses to.

Not the Wild Bunch, but also not the mean-spirited, bloody movie either that might prevent me from plopping down on a sofa with my kids to watch it. They get tired of me trying to imitate the Duke. I love the Wild Bunch, but its anti-hero, violent nonconformity which was so potent then has lost its luster after so many years of Hollywood trying to imitate its original glamor.

"The conversation sorta dried up." - Duke "You go to hell." - Dub Taylor Great lines. Great cast. Good fun.

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

27 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Undefeated See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe River, Sonora, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$7,115,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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