An interesting companion piece to another revisionist Western of 1970, Little Big Man. Surprisingly, having been released a mere three months apart, these two films share multiple commonalities of subject matter, brutal depictions of the slaughtering of Native Americans, and an interspersing of broad humor.
Riding the wave of New American Cinema, Soldier Blue reevaluates the facade of American nationalism and the wholesomeness it claims to represent. Honus Gent is a faithful believer in the righteous ways of the military and the country it defends. His faith is drastically rebuffed by the honest, unfiltered perspective of Cresta Lee and the atrocities that conclude his hero's journey. As Lee, Candice Bergen is simultaneously a feminist idol, a sex symbol, and a tragic outlier, caught between two cultures. Through the eyes of these two characters, Ralph Nelson delivers a wholly political message about the inverted expectations of American history and those involved in its creation.