Major Dundee

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Major Dundee

1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1963.

Countries: United States (68%), (18%), Russia (5%)

Main connections: Sam Peckinpah, Jim Hutton, Mitch Miller

Linked to: Columbia Pictures

 

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1963

Peckinpah found the script in late 1963 add something


1965

Many of the flaws identified by film critics in 1965 were addressed in the 2005 restored version, and film reviews of the DVD are much more positive add something

 

The Blu-ray DVD includes both the 1965 and 2005 cuts add something

 

The movie was fairly gory for the standards of 1965, and more bloody and violent scenes were cut out add something

 

This score was composed and recorded with a small studio orchestra to authentically sound the way director Peckinpah might have approved it had he been alive at the time of the film's restoration, and the way the music might have been done in its original 1965 release as opposed to today's larger orchestra-type scores add something

 

"'Major Dundee"' is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn add something

 

Dub Taylor - He joined Sam Peckinpah's famous stock company in 1965's "Major Dundee" as a professional horse thief, and appeared subsequently in that director's "The Wild Bunch", as a prohibitionist minister who gets his flock shot up by the title outlaws in the film's infamous opening scene, "Junior Bonner", "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", "The Getaway", and "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid", as an aging, eccentric outlaw friend of Billy's

 

Daniele Amfitheatrof - His final score was written for "Major Dundee" in 1965

 

Mitch Miller - In 1965 they sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song to Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee"

 

Jim Hutton - In addition to being a gifted comedic actor, Hutton took on dramatic roles such as Sam Peckinpah's 1965 western "Major Dundee", returning to comedy in 1965 with "The Hallelujah Trail" and in 1967 starred in "Who's Minding the Mint-"

 

A bombastic musical score by Daniele Amfitheatrof was added to the film despite Peckinpah's protests, as was the title song, "The Major Dundee March 1965 ", sung by Mitch Miller and his Sing-Along Gang add something


1974

The Searchers (film) - Sam Peckinpah referenced the aftermath of the massacre and the funeral scene in "Major Dundee" and, according to a 1974 review by Jay Cocks, Peckinpah's "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" contains dialogue with "direct tributes to such classics as John Huston's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and John Ford's "The Searchers"


2005

According to some sources, including the 2005 DVD commentary, the original cut was 4 hours 38 minutes long, which was initially edited down to 156 minutes add something

 

For the 2005 restored version, a new score was composed by Christopher Caliendo add something

 

In April 2005, the New York City based Film Forum premiered an "expanded" version featuring several restored scenes, along with a new musical score by Christopher Caliendo add something