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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.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Company Credits

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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Trivia

The names of the Sergeants were often used by John Ford in his films. See more »

Goofs

There is no river border separating the United States from Canada in Montana. There is a Milk River in Montana that does flow into Canada, but the border is the 49th parallel, so the climactic scene could not have happened. 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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Not monumental, but worth viewing.
4 June 2000 | by thousandislandSee all my reviews

You don't have to be a horse lover to enjoy this film, but it helps. Sensitive viewers may find some scenes hard to watch, particularly the killing of quite a few horses, but otherwise the action is generally mild. The overall feeling of this film is personal honor. It is about people standing up for what they believe is right and just, even at the cost of their own lives and reputations. This moral standpoint is conveyed, but not overdone. This is not a sweet or sappy film at all, but has restrained, masculine expression that I guess is appropriate for the cavalry. In my opinion it lacks any strong characterization, but this is the fault of the writers, not the actors. There is only one female character in the whole film, and I did not find her to be very believable, but the male leads are all appropriate and seem to fit this film. I enjoyed viewing "In Pursuit of Honor" and got wrapped up in it. It has a triumphant ending and leaves you feeling good, suggesting that even in the carnage and cruelty of war, there can be room for humanity.


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