They Came to Cordura (1959)

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Synopsis

Western which examines issues of cowardice and bravery. Set on the US/Mexican border just after the attack by Pancho Villa on Columbus in 1916 and the reprisal sent by the US Army. One of the US Army Officers, Major Thomas Thorn who had displayed momentary cowardice during the engagement is then entrusted with the task of finding five brave men from his regiment to be nominated for the US Congress Medal of Honour. He has to accompany the men to Cordura, ensuring that they are not engaged in combat and therefore kept alive until the medals are awarded.

The following statement regarding the story appears after the opening credits:

'On the night of March 8th, 1916, a large mounted force of Mexican rebels under Pancho Villa crossed the American border and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing and wounding both American civilians and soldiers. As a result of this action, the United States Army sent an expedition into Mexico with orders to capture Villa and disperse his forces. It was during this campaign that one man, an United States Army officer, was forced to come face to face with two of the great fundamental questions that affect mankind:

What is courage? What is cowardice?

This is the story of his search for an answer.'

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