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Quotations from Major Dundee

Major Dundee is a Western war-adventure film that follows the life of a cavalry officer when he leads a contentious group of Union Army regulars, Confederate prisoners, and scouts into Mexico in order to kill Apaches that have been raiding bases in Texas. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn, and Jim Hutton.

Major Dundee is seen as one of Charlton Heston's best movies along with being one of the best Western films in cinema history. Read some quotes from it below.


Narrator: In the territory of New Mexico towards the end of the Civil War, an Indian, Sierra Charriba, and his Apache warriors raided, sacked and looted an area almost three times the size of Texas.
Maj. Amos Dundee: You thieves, renegades, deserters, you gentlemen of the South. I want some volunteers. I want volunteers to fight the Apache Sierra Charriba. I need horse soldiers - men who can ride, men who can shoot. In return, I promise you nothing... saddle sores, short rations, maybe a bullet in your belly... and free air to breathe, fair share of tobacco, quarter pay... and my good will and best offices for pardons and paroles when I get back.
Maj. Amos Dundee: Name?
Rev. Dahlstrom: Dahlstrom. Any man who has a just cause should travel with the word of God.
Maj. Amos Dundee: With all due respect, God has nothing to do with it. I intend to smite the wicked, not save the Heathen.
Rev. Dahlstrom: Seventeen years ago I married John and Mary Rostes. Those who destroyeth my flock, shall so be destroyed.
Maj. Amos Dundee: [smiles] Reverend.
O.W. Hadley: [Hadley is to be executed for desertion] You gonna let them shoot me, sir?
Capt. Benjamin Tyreen: I'm obliged to, son. You should've remembered you belong to the Major, and not to me.
Maj. Amos Dundee: If I ever do get out of here, the war won't last forever.
Teresa Santiago: It will for you, Major.
Sgt. Gomez: [after Dahlstrom gets into a fight with Benteen, the Confederate soldiers stand up with knives drawn] You Southern trash, sit down!
Sgt. Chillum: [stands up] Was you talkin' to me, Sergeant? Well, maybe you dunno know it, but you're a-fixin' to be tried!
Capt. Benjamin Tyreen: Well, Major, I'll see you in Texas!
Maj. Amos Dundee: You're damn right you will!
Maj. Amos Dundee: Lieutenant Graham?
Lt. Graham: Yes, sir.
Maj. Amos Dundee: I gave you a specific order, and you failed to carry it out.
Lt. Graham: No, sir, you gave me a command. I gave the orders from then on.
Maj. Amos Dundee: You sure did, Lieutenant. Have a cigar.
Aesop: Hey Tim! That your first shave?
Tim Ryan: Yeah.
Aesop: Maybe soon we'll have to start callin' you Ryan!
Tim Ryan: Yeah?
Maj. Amos Dundee: [to Ryan; repeated] Whistle me a tune, boy.
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