Now streaming on Netflixs. Original 1972 theatrical version.
No editing. Horses fall, people die bad ugly deaths - just like they did in the southwestern United States during the Indian Wars in the late 1800's. Just watched it last night and I was impressed. There is no politically correct storytelling in this movie. Nobody is painted in simplistic terms and nobody comes out smelling like a rose or being a simplistic bad-guy. The Apaches do bad things and the soldiers do bad things, but they are also doing what they do. It was a war. Not an official war. It was a guerrilla war fought by two sides who were equally convinced that they were in the "right" and their enemy was evil. This move shows that they were both right and wrong. Considering that the movie was made in 1972 I was surprised by such an level approach. I don't think they would are make such an evenhanded western in 2013.share