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In Pursuit of Honor (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 18 March 1995
In 1932, a modernizing U.S. Army orders the Cavalry to destroy its horses but some sympathetic cavalrymen, defying orders, steal the horses in order to save them from destruction, to the dismay of the top Army-brass.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Sgt. John Libbey
Craig Sheffer ... Lt. Marshall Buxton
Gabrielle Anwar ... Jessica Stuart
Bob Gunton ... Col. John Hardesty
James Sikking ... Gen. Douglas MacArthur
John Dennis Johnston ... Sgt. Thomas Mulcahey
Robert Coleby ... Sgt. James Shattuck
Neil Melville ... Sgt. Sean Quinlain
Rod Steiger ... Col. Owen Stuart
Terence Crawford ... Maj. Timothy Forrest
Peter Curtin Peter Curtin ... Sgt. Ernest Gruber
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Sgt. Nathaniel Rutherford
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... Capt. Geoffrey Overton
Christopher Dibb Christopher Dibb ... Evan Buckley
Nick Holland Nick Holland ... Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Sergeant
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A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses. Written by Rob Hartill

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As soldiers they were taught to fight for honor. As men they were willing to die for it.

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Drama | Western

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of violence against animals | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutiger Befehl See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia

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Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There is no river border separating the United States from Canada in Montana. There is a Milk River in Montana that flows into Canada, but the border is the 49th parallel. See more »

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When First Sergeant Libbey shoots six of the ailing horses, he is shown pulling back the slide of his Colt .45 Model 1911 automatic pistol before each shot. When firing an automatic pistol, blowback/recoil pushes back the slide, ejecting the spent cartridge, then moving a live round from the magazine into the firing chamber and re-cocking the hammer after each shot. (That's why they're called "automatics".) Pulling back the slide after each shot will eject the fresh round out of the pistol and load the next live round, leaving every other live round on the ground. Not only does this defeat the purpose of an automatic pistol, but since the Model 1911 has a maximum capacity of eight rounds, the highest number of shots he could have fired would have been four. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Thomas Mulcahey: Indians riding Cavalry mounts? My grandaddy'd never forgive me!
Sgt. James Shattuck: Well, when you get to hell... don't tell him.
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A film about courage, compassion, and with a fulfulling delivery.
26 December 2001 | by Stargal427See all my reviews

The film opens onto a flashback of one of the darker moments of history -- the destruction of WWI veteran camps outside the White House during the Depression. This sets the stage for how a few veteran calvarymen have a stronger sense of personal morale than their fellow men.

Then the present, with an adept young man whose father left a longlasting impression to many men he comes into contact with in a southwestern military base. It's a calvary stronghold, with around 500 horses and a fraction of that in men.

But the seeming low-action utopia ends when a Colonel retires and is replaced by a more ruthless replacement who carries out orders of Gen. MacArthur -- to disband the calvary's traditions [discontinuing sabers] and destroy the spare mounts in a brutal method that reminded me of the WWII concentration camp scenes of horror where Nazis would shoot Jews and bury them in mass graves on top of one another.

The start of this movie is a fast set-up for the rest of the film and does not leave much room for intermission. It's a long journey they undergo, and isn't without the harsh reality of the peril that the renegades face in their decision to rescue the horses.

I was attracted initially because of its history-base, which I'm interested in, and I've learned while being entertained at the same time of what happened within our own borders that might not have attracted everyone's eye, but was brutally savage all the same.

In conclusion, this made-for-TV movie scored an 8 with me and if any of this movie's main elements fascinate you it should be on your agenda to see.


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