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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>
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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