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The Scalphunters (1968)

Forced to trade his valuable furs for a well-educated escaped slave, a rugged trapper vows to recover the pelts from the Indians and later the renegades that killed them.



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Trapper Joe is on his way to the town with all of his gain of hides of the last winter. However a group of Indians stops him and takes all of his hides, leaving him the escaped slave Joseph instead. But Joe has no use for Joseph and is determined to get his property back and follows them. Before he can do anything, the Indians are raided themselves by a group of scalphunters under the greedy Howie. Not only the hides, but also Joseph falls into their hands. Now Joe follows them alone and tries to trick the numerical superior group out of his hides. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

2 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino de la venganza  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Burt Lancaster and Shelley Winters reputedly had a two-year affair in the mid-'50s. See more »


Set in 1860, Joseph mentions the planet Pluto, discovered in 1930. See more »


Joe Bass: What the hell are you standin' there for? Can't you speak English?
Joseph Lee: No, sir!
Joe Bass: Whattaya mean, 'No, sir'?
Joseph Lee: I mean I wish I didn't.
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6 February 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

The Scalphunters is a rare treat that didn't eat up the box office in 1968, but whose critical anointment by Judith Christ as one of the "most entertaining" Westerns of that year began to set it apart as a classic.

Want a great story? You're in the hands of Sydney Pollock, and an able team of cinematographers who ably serve up a beautiful outdoor epic.

Looking for classic Hollywood stars? Well, the Scalphunters has Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, and Shelly Winters.

This is a memorable classic that addresses race relations, injustices against native Americans, the corrupting influences of property, and the drama of the West in an entertaining way. The story is entertaining, the performances are excellent, and the locales are beautiful. A first-rate film by a Hollywood legend.

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