Post by saintpatrick33 on Jan 20, 2017 1:12:51 GMT -5
Just wondering what most thought of this movie as you can watch it on Dailymotion but I found it very entertaining even though its not too accurate with the LBH battle as I really didnt read much about him but did the other Chiefs really blame him and then betray as portrayed ?
I also wouldve loved to see more of Peter Horton as Custer as I thought he did a great job in the few scenes he had as he really captured how I envisioned the General to be and he looked like him too unlike Cole with the Ginger hair and can anyone recommend a good factual book on Crazy Horse ? Thanks
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He does a spectacular job as Custer, in that he is a very nonchalant and human Custer, with racially ambivalent attitudes. Peter Horton comes highly regarded, not just by myself but by other media watchers, as being one Custer who does not have anything particularly wrong about him. Custer has been portrayed in several different ways, and each has had their finer qualities to offer, but, what I like Best about Horton, is a very real and human Custer; the closest, by far yet, to getting him on a dime and the only drawback not having his own movie. At second glance, the physical resemblance is not quite as perfect as I once thought, with Peter Horton being a little taller and having a lot more hair than Custer, but the energy is beautiful and natural; they don't overly inflate him, or treat him like a monster. He's not blamed or vilified for anything other than pursuing a battle, against a very large opponent (which isn't as enormously fielded in this film) with a large force of his men having abandoned him.
Everyone has their bad day, and they treat him with RESPECT, and honor. I didn't like having him so incapacitated, but it is resemblant of at least one of the accounts and very well could have happened (more than likely) that way (as opposed to other ways). They get the wounds right, and have him fighting past them and firing at Indians which he doesn't necessarily hit. Horton would have great if he had been given a project similar to that of Toby Stephens and while I say this at SOME STRAIN, because I haven't quite seen this for years, I don't remember anything glaringly innaccurate about the overall TONE of the movie, let alone any individual or specific scenes, and I think it is a good film for Crazy Horse, as well as Custer, who, if he held similar views about depicting the truth, on both sides, would have been honored in this fine contribution that is probably the most satisfying Indian film of late. I didn't like it, at first, some time later, when I learned that Crazy Horse may have been physically smaller or less magnificently sculpted than this particular actor has him here, even his spirit shines through if the noble and sophisticated side of him bears witness.
Post by saintpatrick33 on Feb 19, 2017 1:42:56 GMT -5
You bring up many valid points Strange as I agree less is more when playing Custer or at least keep him balanced and not all the overacting trying to make him a ultra hero or genocidal madman and I think Peter Horton wouldve been perfect in a progressive Custer movie starting at West Point briefly covering the CW , Indian wars and then ending at The LBH .
I think the TNT Crazy Horse movie might have chosen the Custer was injured by the river scenario because they didnt want the focus on Custer too much but who knows as what little we got I wanted more ! I mean he wasnt in but a few scenes and minutes if I recall but he really made a strong impression and at least he could ride a horse unlike Cole .
Much like you and this movie I also felt the same way about Gary Cole as Custer and Rosanna Arquette as Libbie in SOTMS on its first airing as I thought it was so bad I could only watched part of the first night it aired as I grew up on Errol Flynn .
I just watched it again these 25 years later and other than the casting I think its the closest we will get to a accurate Custer/LBH movie and thats kinda of sad that hollyweird would purposely ignore the second most written about battle on USA soil in American History .
I also enjoyed Toby Stephens as Custer but it was way to short of an experience like only 47 minutes ? And he was an aggressive Custer which I was fine with in this docudrama and I thought they also had the best Reno , Benteen and even a Mark Kellog was a nice touch . As far as accuracy in The Crazy Horse movie who knows and I really cant say as my studies havent taken me there yet but both this and SOTMS seem very similar and thats a good thing at least historically wise on his life that they recorded through the Indians verbal history.