Major Dundee : Anyone shed light on missing 45-55 minutes cut from original theatrical release? I came across this information while reading a book on Charlton Heston ( Charlton Heston's Hollywood ). Sam Peckinpah ( director ) ended up cutting out 44 minutes -possibly 55- from the film in order to satisfy Columbia Pictures.The director's cut that Peckinpah assembled for an advanced screening - which was never shown - ran for 2 hours and 41 minutes. Mr. Peckinpah was qouted as saying it was possibly the best picture he had made in his life. To quote a line from the book: " Major Dundee could have been what The Wild Bunch became:a film that lifted the Western to a new level of creative potential.It was not to be.Major Dundee was released in April 1965,and came in for heavy criticism.Critics called it "bewildering" and lamented the "poorly edited footage".The reviewers,not knowing what had been going on behind-the-scenes at Columbia,ascribed the film's problems to the shortcomings of its director." Wouldn't it be great to see it fully restored on DVD? The problem is that the cut footage is probably long gone.