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Major Dundee 1965

Critics score:
97 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: No true Peckinpah-lover should pass it by. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Sam Peckinpah's famously butchered 1965 western, Major Dundee, has been returned to the big screen in a form that is closer to the director's original vision. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Charlton Heston is the cavalry officer assigned to eliminate Apache resistance; Peckinpah makes a fine, ironic use of his stentorian presence in what becomes a very grubby context. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: It's richer and more interesting, partly because some motivations have been cleared up, partly because the music isn't a burden and partly because we now can see that this was all leading to the creation of a truly great film four years later. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's one of those flawed, fascinating films that are somehow more intriguing than many a smooth-cheeked blockbuster. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Still a mess of great scenes sprinkled among some fairly monotonous action. But it's never completely dull. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: It's hard to imagine The Wild Bunch having the depth and grace it did without Peckinpah having this experience to draw on, and for that masterful film alone we're grateful to have Major Dundee back among the living again. Read more

Houston Chronicle: Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: At its best you can feel Peckinpah, at the twilight of the studio era, dreaming of a far wilder bunch. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Giddy-up, Western lovers. This one is worth the return engagement. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: The 12 minutes excised from the preview version have been recovered, and they go a long way toward clarifying some of the film's murkier passages. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, It's half a great movie. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: It's gratifying to see Sony expending such effort on an important but admittedly second-tier picture. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Peckinpah's first patently runaway-train production seems less a restored classic than a missing link in the breakdown of Hollywood genre hegemony. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Major Dundee, not a great movie but a great star-driven, big budget 1965 studio western, is back in all its fractured glory and confidence. Read more