They Died With Their Boots on

They Died With Their Boots on

DVD - 2005
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Classic accounts of Custer's final days and the battle of Little Big Horn.

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Nov 21, 2014

This movie is fairly light-hearted in terms of portrayal of military history, which is to be expected of films starring Errol Flynn. I enjoyed watching this but had to stop at about an hour and a half in. The portrayal of native americans is very problematic, as was typical of the time, e.g., white men playing natives and using the stilted way of speaking that was often used to portray natives.

Flynn portrays the infamous George Armstrong Custer. This movie shows us not a prideful fool, but a truly patriotic man of character, filled with a love of his country and a love of real, not manufactured, glory. If one wants an intimate, honest portrayal of one of history's best, watch this movie. It is also gripping, right down to Custer's fall.

The best part of this film is that it shows this event in history for what it truly was: a sacrificial act by a man who had served his country well, not a vain and stupid maneuver that ended the lives of many, although Custer knew what his action would cost.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough. This is perhaps Errol Flynn's best role; his character has a depth and honesty that were never discovered in some of his other acting roles.

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