i've not seen this film as I'm not a big John Wayne fan (THE SEARCHERS is the exception for me...) but I am a William Holden and Constance Towers fan and I'm curious if this is ALTHEA GIBSON, the African American Tennis sensation?
To each their own.One of the few Wayne movies I just can't warm up to. William Holden, too, another of my favorites. And John Ford direction! What went wrong for me here? Maybe it's the script? Odd pacing? Don't know.
It also has some incredible acting. 20 years ago I purchase an 18X24 framed print of a scene from the film, and it’s been hanging in my living room every since. Due to spoilers, I won’t divulge the scene, but can say that John Wayne as colonel Marlow yells “I didn’t want this!”. I have always enjoyed revisiting this wonderful filmTo each their own.
I saw this when it opened and have loved it ever since.
Is it a great film?
No way. Ford himself said it was "crap", that the script he was provided with was inferior and structurally poor, in addition to the character arcs. So Ford tried to improve upon it, unsuccessfully, he thought, by "improvising". And though the film still has all kinds of deficiencies, it's those "improvisations" by Ford, in image as well as incident, that make the film, for me, something to cherish; specifically in the use of landscape, which holds the bittersweet aroma of defeat, and also that horizontal column of men, which begins the film, and is developed upon throughout; as well as those lingering sunsets, which are far more evocative than in any other John Ford film I have seen.
So no, "The Horse Soldiers" is far from perfect, yet for anyone who has an enthusiasm for the craft and world view of John Ford, it's a never-ending source of beauty and knowledge. You won't find that in the plot, but the images, which speak volumes, not only of its maker's artistry and beliefs, but also of the ragtag procession of American history.
Yup, I'm no fan, & William Holden is really annoying in it (or I should say his character is). It has some great scenes & Wayne is really good (as usual). Oh well, you can't like 'em all.One of the few Wayne movies I just can't warm up to. William Holden, too, another of my favorites. And John Ford direction! What went wrong for me here? Maybe it's the script? Odd pacing? Don't know.
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The Horse Soldiers (1959) Starring John Wayne, William Holden & Constance Towers – Shot by William H. Clothier (The Alamo, Shenandoah) – Directed by John Ford (Stagecoach, Fort Apache, The Searchers).
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The doctor played by William Holden does not annoy me at all. I'm surprised to learn that he does annoy some people.Yup, I'm no fan, & William Holden is really annoying in it (or I should say his character is). It has some great scenes & Wayne is really good (as usual). Oh well, you can't like 'em all.
I think that The Horse Soldiers is a very underrated film. I rate it much higher than most of the commenters here. I love the dinner scene at the plantation house where John Wayne is reacting with disdain and incredulity to the efforts by some of the other dinner guests to impress the pretty woman. Great facial expressions!The doctor played by William Holden does not annoy me at all. I'm surprised to learn that he does annoy some people.