Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive. The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths and cowards all hate Capt. Lance and wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge and leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive.
E.W. DesMarais <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GREGORY PECK, AS CAPTAIN LANCE, WHO GAVE FORT INVINCIBLE ITS NAME! (original print ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
Gregory Peck was reluctant to play in the movie, because of the actors and director. But according to Michael Ansara, Peck remained very professional, asking for retakes when he thought a scene was not good. See more
A time line was never developed. Since there was ongoing trouble between the Sgt. and one of the troopers who was formerly a rebel soldier, this had to take place during the Civil war or just after. They do mention that the Gatling gun was just developed, which would make it during the Civil war. All the troopers are carrying Winchester rifles and Colt single action army revolvers, not manufactured until the 1870's. The song, 'Little Brown Jug', is heard and it was written in 1869. See more
Why did you do it? Why?
Capt. Richard Lance
I don't know what you're talking about Cathy.
You're not fooling me. I've lived on an army post all my life. Dad's right. Orders don't changed unless someone goes to an awful lot of trouble to change 'em.
Capt. Richard Lance
Cathy, believe me, it's just the way things are. I was planning to go myself.
Until you saw Bill kissing me, and then you went directly to Colonel Drumm. I never-
[Cathy runs out of the room
Referenced in L'important c'est d'aimer
Little Brown Jug
Written by Joseph Winner
Played by a harmonica player in the barracks See more