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Writer:
William W. Norton (written by)
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Release Date:
2 April 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He'll stop at nothing to take back what's his.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(9 articles)
User Reviews:
"Oh Well, They're Only Men" See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Burt Lancaster ... Joe Bass

Shelley Winters ... Kate

Telly Savalas ... Jim Howie

Ossie Davis ... Joseph Lee

Dabney Coleman ... Jed

Paul Picerni ... Frank
Dan Vadis ... Yuma
Armando Silvestre ... Two Crows
Nick Cravat ... Yancy
Tony Epper ... Scalphunter
Chuck Roberson ... Scalphunter
John Epper ... Scalphunter
Jack Williams ... Scalphunter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregorio Acosta ... Scalphunter (uncredited)
Pedro Aguilar ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Marco Antonio Arzate ... Scalphunter (uncredited)
Alicia De Lago ... Scalphunter's woman (uncredited)
Néstor Domínguez ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Raul 'Pin' Hernandez ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Alejandro López ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Jose G. Martinez ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Raúl Martínez ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Francisco Oliva ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Benjamín Ramos ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Amelia Rivera ... Scalphunter's woman (uncredited)
Ángela Rodríguez ... Scalphunter's woman (uncredited)
Agapito Roldán ... Scalphunter (uncredited)
Jose Salas ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Enrique Tello ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Rodolfo Toledo ... Kiowa (uncredited)
Cuco Velazquez ... Kiowa (uncredited)
José Trinidad Villa ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William W. Norton  written by (as William Norton)

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer (as Jules Levy)
Roland Kibbee .... producer (uncredited)
Burt Lancaster .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Duke Callaghan (director of photography)
Richard Moore 
 
Film Editing by
John Woodcock 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist (as Gary D. Liddiard)
 
Production Management
Jack Corrick .... production manager (as Jack W. Corrick)
Henry Spitz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director
Kevin Donnelly .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jesús González Gancy .... sound (as Jesus Gonzalez Gancy)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
 
Special Effects by
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tony Epper .... stunt coordinator
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Stahl Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Drury .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... production assistant
Roland Kibbee .... presenter
Kenneth Lee .... equestrian supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer
Alex Ruiz .... choreographer
Michael Scheff .... production assistant
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 (1976) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While discussing astrology Joseph Lee tells Kate that Napoleon and her lover Jim Howie share the same birthday of July 27th. Napoleon was born on August 15th.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shaft (1971)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Oh Well, They're Only Men", 19 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Scalphunters was the first of two films Sydney Pollack directed with Burt Lancaster. In fact according to a recent biography of Lancaster, Burt was literally trying Pollack out on this western before giving him an opportunity to direct the very expensive Castle Keep for him the following year. Personally I think The Scalphunters is a far better film.

It's a rollicking good mixture of comedy with some very serious themes involved. It's also the last time Lancaster did any really athletic roles as he was 55 when making The Scalphunters. We all bow to old age at some point.

Sydney Pollack actually started his association with Burt Lancaster on the set of The Young Savages where he was an acting coach to some of the street kids who were playing gang members. It was his first introduction into motion pictures, he had previously directed and acted in a number of television productions.

Burt is fur trapper Joe Bass who gets an offer from the Kiowa Indians he can't refuse. They'll relieve him of his year's trappings in beaver pelts and he'll get an educated house slave in Ossie Davis. Davis seems born to be a slave, he escapes it from the south, then he's captured by the Comanches who then trade him to the Kiowas and then he's forced on Lancaster.

Lancaster is planning to get his pelts back, but a murderous gang of Scalphunters beat him to it and massacre almost the whole band and take Lancaster's furs along with horses and scalps that bring a good bounty. Burt's Joe Bass is not exactly a boy scout, but this crowd truly nauseates him.

The Scalphunters are headed by Telly Savalas and his cigar smoking refugee from a bordello of a woman, Shelley Winters. Winters has the best performance in the film, this is her third film with Lancaster with whom she had a self documented fling back in the day. Later on Davis gets captured by The Scalphunters and he has to use his wits to survive among them. But they're going to Mexico where slavery has been abolished.

The laughs are mixed in with some serious racial issues all around. Lancaster can't quite accept Davis as an equal, Davis is perfectly willing to go along with The Scalphunters and their genocidal war on the Indians if he'll obtain his freedom through them. And Savalas and his crowd are as mean a bunch as you'll ever see in a film, yet some of the funniest bits in the film involve Winters and Savalas.

The Scalphunters is a really funny western that if you think about it teaches some good lessons we could all use.

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