Released in 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War Soldier Blue drew parallels with the 1968 Mi Lai Massacre and was controversial for its unprecedented violence and its negative portrayal of the U.S. Army where Native American affairs were concerned. Along with Sam Peckinpahs The Wild Bunch it was deemed by reviewers as the most violent film of its time.
Following initial Box Office success it was quickly forgotten in America and its director Ralph Nelson denounced as being Anti-American in large due to the savagery perpetrated by the U.S. soldiers on screen.
In Europe the picture was a huge success, obtaining several re-releases in movie houses through out the 1970s and remains to this day a classic of the Western genre.
The movie was offered through out the years in several edited for content versions. This version, the Lionsgate American DVD release is the uncensored full version. (Offered here in 10 minute segments of 12 parts.).
Its violence by todays standards has been surpassed nonetheless to an unaccustomed viewer this flower-power, seeming romantic comedy western still packs a powerful punch and has the ability to leave its audience stunned.
Soldier Blue is by no means a perfect motion picture but I consider it to be one of the most brutal, honest and courageous American films.