The Horse Soldiers war movie
The Horse Soldiers war movie

The Horse Soldiers (1959, United States)

Categories: cavalry moviesraid moviesurban warfare movies

Running time: 115 minutes

Language: English

Union cavalry unit, under command of Colonel John Marlowe, is given the mission of great strategic importance - to weaken the advancing forces of South the general wants to cut the supplies the Confederates are receiving. Marlowe’s orders are to attack the train depot in Newton Town, which is the main junction on the Newton-Vicksburg railroad. The mission won’t be easy, especially since Newton Town lies far behind enemy lines, but Marlowe is certain he will reach his target. Before the war he was railroad engineer and knows well how important this mission is for the war. He leads his unit towards Newton Town together with new regimental surgeon Major Kendall. The two don’t get along from the beginning, which makes their task even more dangerous, especially since they have to keep their presence a secret. While resting at Greenbriar Plantation Marlowe catches the servant Lukey eavesdropping while they officers were discussing their plans. Not seeing another option to keep their plans safe, he decides to take Lukey and the owner of plantation, Miss Hunter, as their prisoners.

Another John Wayne movie based on the same idea as many of his films - he as righteous and tough as nails officer, beautiful woman by his side and the risky mission that can change the fate of whole war. But beside that rather typical setting for him and few not really interesting scenes (that should have been omitted), it is one of the better movies about American Civil War. Of course it is only loosely based on real events (Grierson’s Raid that took place in 1863) and can hardly be compared to Gettysburg or Gods and Generals, but as for 1950s American war movies it is kept rather realistic during the battle scenes and overall it is quite entertaining production.

Our rating


Film value

7 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5

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Creators of The Horse Soldiers

John Ford movies

John Ford


Harold Sinclair movies

Harold Sinclair


Martin Rackin movies

Martin Rackin


John Lee Mahin movies

John Lee Mahin


Cast of The Horse Soldiers

John Wayne movies

John Wayne

as Colonel John Marlowe

William Holden movies william-holden

William Holden

as Major Henry Kendall

Constance Towers movies constance-towers

Constance Towers

as Miss Hannah Hunter

Judson Pratt movies judson-pratt

Judson Pratt

as Sergeant Kirby

Hoot Gibson movies hoot-gibson

Hoot Gibson

as Sergeant Brown

Ken Curtis movies ken-curtis

Ken Curtis

as Corporal Wilkie

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Events depicted in The Horse Soldiers

American Civil War (1861-1865)

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