Set just days after the end of the American Civil War, John Wayne is ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas, Rock Hudson ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon, forced to join forces against bandits, Emperor Maximillian’s agents and a troop of French cavalry across 2000 miles of adventure to the wilds of Mexico.
Thomas and his men initially set out to make some money by rounding up wild horses to sell to the Army.
Langdon, meanwhile, has chosen to burn his plantation and take his family and friends to Mexico rather than live in defeat.
Their paths continue to cross, and the two groups exchange some heated words and heavy stares – but Thomas’s knowledge of survival among border bandits, Mexican revolutionaries and French mercenaries gives him the upper hand.
North and South dissolve their animosity in one of the film’s most entertaining scenes, a Fourth of July celebration, which ends in a free-for-all with all the fun of a pure slapstick film.
Now that they’re all friends, they are sort of committed to help each other stay alive.
Supporting Wayne and Hudson are Tony Aguilar, Roman Gabriel, Marian McCargo, Lee Meriwether, Merlin Olsen, Melissa Newman and Bruce Cabot. Gabriel and Olsen, star members of the Los Angeles Rams football team, both make their motion picture debuts in The Undefeated.
It’s a large-scale action spectacle of the kind director Andrew V. McLaglen (son of actor Victor) was especially noted. And you’ll marvel at how they found so many horses!
Col. John Henry Thomas
Col. James Langdon
Sgt. Jeff Newby
Harry Carey Jr.
Gen. Joe Masters
Big John Hamilton
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Andrew V. McLaglen