Grim tale of the Sand Creek Massacre with Peter Strauss' war weary soldier standing in for the viewer. Pleasence gives one of his best performances as a scoundrel. Now then, the US version has had all the violence snipped out, but the UK version remains intact, the uncut version is highly recommended for those who can take it. The US DVD has the right runtime but the wrong certificate...The box says widescreen, the specs full screen...so what's the truth? SOLVED Widescreen, uncut!
This film came out soon after the My Lai Massacre came to light, which probably accounts for its poor reception. No one wants to think their military is capable of such things, though they often are.
"Soldier Blue in its shattering violence, for a moment snaps the deceitful armour of white "history" and lets blood run through. It is painful to witness. But it is necessary".
-Dotson Rader, New York Times review.