The Undefeated (1969)

 


 

After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and company are bringing horses to the unpopular Mexican government for $35 a head while Langdon is leading a contingent of displaced southerners, who are looking for a new life in Mexico after losing their property to carpetbaggers. The two men are eventually forced to mend their differences in order to fight off both bandits and revolutionaries, as they try to lead their friends and kin to safety.

Written by
Alfred Jingle

At the end of the US Civil War, Confederate Colonel James Langdon leads a group of his men and their families to Mexico where the Emperor Maximillian has promised them land and the opportunity to start a new life. Along the way, they encounter John Henry Thomas, a former Union cavalry officer. While suspicious of their new acquaintances, the Confederates slowly develop an admiration for Thomas and his men. When Colonel Langdon finds himself in the middle of the Mexican revolution, it\’s Thomas and his men who come to their rescue.

Written by
garykmcd

Genre: Western

The Undefeated (1969)
   
Release Date: 27 November 1969 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Cast:
  • John Wayne
  • Rock Hudson
  • Antonio Aguilar
  • Roman Gabriel
  • Marian McCargo
  • Lee Meriwether
  • Merlin Olsen
  • Melissa Newman
  • Bruce Cabot
  • Jan-Michael Vincent
  • Ben Johnson
  • Edward Faulkner
  • Harry Carey Jr.
  • Paul Fix
  • Royal Dano


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24 Responses to The Undefeated (1969)

  1. Se55jo
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    We all know John Wayne’s politics at the time. Yet he chose to co star with a man he had to know, was a homosexual. Im sure he had to know. I wonder why he did it, and what he thought of co starring with Rick Hudson.

    • Joanne Thomas
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      I’m guessing that John Wayne, like most of us, can dislike something that a person does or is, but likes them as a person. Hollywood actors would also have to be acquainted with more homosexuals than the norm. Consider not only the actors but the other professionals involved: screenwriters, set designers, makeup artists, musicians, etc. Rock Hudson was definitely in the closet in 1969 as far as movie-goers went. There would be no stigma associated.

  2. Al-193
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    According to the film’s title credits, the love-interest part of "Charlotte" in this film is played my Melissa Newman, second daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The Newmans were married in 1958 and, according to a number of Internet sources, Melissa was born in 1961. There is no way that an eight-year-old could have played the part of a well-developed teenager in 1969 who, in the film’s dialogue, claimed to be 16 years old. Not even computer-assisted special effects could have worked this miracle in 1969. What is the true explanation of this impossible state of affairs?

    Alan Johnson, Hong Kong

    • JB
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      This was a different Melissa Newman. NOT the daughter of Paul Newman.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628179/

    • Lisa Trueman
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      Hi, the Melissa Newman in the film is not Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s daughter but an actress of the same name a few years older.

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628179/filmotype

  3. stealthman
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    I am a big John Wayne fan, and this picture is one of my favorites.

    However, did anyone besides me think Roman Gabriel looked silly as an Indian?

  4. patbat1952
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    Can anybody explained the different count of the horses at varuos times?

  5. josborn828
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    Merlin Olson’s character was introduced as an Arkansas Razorback. The University of Arkansas wasn’t established until 1871. The school’s mascot until 1909 was the Arkansas Cardinals. In 1909 the team finished with a record of 7-0 and after beating LSU 16-0, there was a large crowd at the train station to meet the team. Coach Hugo Bezdek addressed the crowd, he said the team played like "a wild band of Razorback hogs". In the following year the students voted to change the mascot from a cardinal to a razorback.

  6. pastorray
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    I find it difficult to believe that a Confederate General would get excited about his daughter falling for an indian. Now I know it is a movie, but come on, a group of southerners willing to leave their homes in the defeated south and move to Mexico suddenly accepting such a match? I don’t think so. I need to remind myself…it is only a movie, it is only a movie.

    • John Ryan
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      Entertainment media exerts a powerful influence on the minds of the public. Many of John Wayne’s movies had many scenes scripted to show a more positive behavior towards so called “minorities” As well as entertaining people., Many of the movie produces wanted to challenge the negative sides of society, just look at shows like All in the Family. They moderated many of the extreme views people had about racism and intolerance toward others, all while being highly entertaining.
      John Wayne made many scenes such as these. Respect, confidence and honor is what John Wayne was about. I initially wasn’t much a fan of him until I watched more of his movies and saw the subtle ways he incorporate scenes that would subliminally demonstrate those virtues. All the while exerting true and often harsh prejudice against those who are evil. He was a brilliant actor. We could certainly use more John Wayne’s in this world today.

  7. guelphever
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    All in all, I liked this movie. It wasn’t great, but I thought it was good, just a nice, entertaining little western about a time and place that is not often covered. However, I have to point out two things that really bugged me. The first is the Confederates inviting the Federals to a 4th of July party. I find that a little far-fetched considering that the 4th of July was when the Confederate fortress-city of Vicksburg surrendered and it was not until like world War I that southern states started celebrating the 4th again.

    Probably more than that though is the warm & friendly ending with the Juarista General Rojas. Am I the only one that finds it a little absurd that after this general kidnapps Langdon and all his people, threatens to massacre them all, soldiers and civilians alike, and then extorts Thomas into giving up his entire fortune of horses that they would all gather round and join in a friendly toast to the Juarista cause?! I know the movie was trying to reiterate that the Juaristas were the "good" guys and Juarez was America’s choice for ruler of Mexico, but considering everything Rojas had just put them through I can’t accept that Langdon and Thomas would want to have a drink with the guy.

    "I AM Jerusalem"

  8. djhromero
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    Ok this question isn’t about The Undefeated, but Antonio Aguilar is in it, and I love his movies, I was wandering If anyone who is familiar with his work can tell me the kind of Revolver he carried in his movies, because in just about everyone of his films that I’ve seen he has a Pearl handled revolver. Can anybody tell me what kind he use to carry?

  9. brainofj72
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    Few things make me laugh as much as this.

    ————

    She’s gone to warn the wizard! Come on, get my tin hat!

  10. leroykevin
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    I think that’s his name, the guy everyone shuns because he is afraid to fight.

    My question is why is he allowed to tag along? Nobody likes him, not even Col.Langton(Sp?)My only guess is that he is a relative in some way.

    I love the way he casually explains to Col. Thomas’ men that he just didn’t want anybody to shoot him.

  11. mem-21
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    Two giants of hollywood came together for this great movie. A brilliant movie to watch.Wayne and Hudson at their best form.A great soundtrack too.

  12. tween_us
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    Just bought a double feature, 2-DVD set at Wal-Mart featuring "The Undefeated" and "North to Alaska."

    And get this: all for the low, low price of $9.44 + tax!

    I had previously seen snippets of both of these flicks on AMC, but am looking forward to watching both in wide-screen format.

  13. rlrblademan07
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    I just wish 20th had a larger role written in for a Lady Star possibly Jennifer Jones or Susan Hayward…

  14. OC47150
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    John Agar appears in this film somewhere. After many viewings, I still can’t figure where he is.

    Does anyone know?

  15. TerryL
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    I see that Richard Mulligan has a role listed in the cast of The Undefeated…funny, I don’t remember him none! Or was he one of the dying two troopers mentioned in another post?

  16. dodgercodger
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    in Fall 1969, the NFL season was in full swing. L.A. Rams players Roman Gabriel and Melin Olsen have brief appearences. This was marketed quite heavily in L.A. The Rams had a record of 8- or 9-0 when I went to see this movie. I was hoping it would be about the football team …

    But then, I was only 10 years old at the time…

  17. hickyman2001
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    The complete score is available from Film Score Monthly-$19.95-paired with "Hombre"-to order-www.screenarchives.com-Thanks-Adam-:)

  18. okalars
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    My you go with the year that Melissa is born here she was big for you age in 1969 and so mature! Even played a 16 year old at the age of 8! Any comments?

  19. krspas2
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    She was truly a strikingly attractive young lady. I see in her Filmography she didn’t do much after that and no biographies appear in internet searches.

  20. Kingum2341
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    I was waiting in a motel for us to leave. My siblings and I were watching the TV and just came upon this western playing. The more I watched it the more I liked it. Had some good fights,two love stories dealing with North and South friction, and finally a Mexican Revolution showdown. Watch this film and see John Wayne not disopoint you.

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