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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)
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A magnificent achievement. One of the best westerns ever made. 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:
Anachronisms: Set in 1860, Joseph mentions the planet Pluto, discovered in 1930.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Bass:[surfacing out of the river and startling Joseph Lee] Julius Caesar. You're a hell of a dancing man but you sure can't fight.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Otley (1968)See more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent achievement. One of the best westerns ever made., 27 November 2002
Author: inframan from the lower depths

This was the movie that made me throw away my Maltin Reviews.

I've always been a huge admirer of Burt Lancaster & his work & in my book this is one of his very best; it may just be his best, but how can you beat Crimson Pirate or Vera Cruz or Sweet Smell of Success or even his first - The Killers? The man was endowed with very high doses of intelligence, humor, humanity, physical presence & and a sort of 19th century stage hamminess. There used to be a saying that you could tell the type of film Lancaster was doing by his hairdo. When the hair was short, the movie was serious. When it was wavy, his tongue was filling up his cheek. It's quite wavy in Scalphunters. He's the epitome of the mountain man / trapper in this one: whiskey-drinking, bible-quoting highly-opionated & super-stubborn Joe Bass. Mark Twain would have loved this character, he's right out of Twain's imagination. It's hard to believe that Lancaster was in his mid-50's when he made this. He looks much younger & moves with the quickness & grace that made this ex-trapeze performer a legend.

Ossie Davis is a perfect match for Lancaster as the extraordinarily wise & well-educated but highly wary escaped slave Joseph Lee, who must continually rein in his instinct to trump the cruder but highly canny in his own way Joe Bass. The film is an almost Shakespearean interplay of their personalities - duel & duet . The viewer is able to observe the change they continually effect upon each other.

The Scalphunters themselves are a group of lowlifes led by Telly Savalas as Jim Howie (in the best role I ever saw him play in a movie), a nasty but not unwise lout who spends most of the day & night in his baggy long johns. They make their living robbing & killing & selling Indian scalps to the government. I found the portrayal (& dialog) of these bushwhackers as real & accurate in every detail as anything I've ever seen on the screen, right down to Howie's astrology ("star-gazin") ex-whore lady-friend Kate played by Shelly Winters in her least whiny role ever. There's plenty of tension & action in this film. It's cat vs. mice from start to finish: Lancaster vs. Indians, Lancaster vs. Scalphunters, Lancaster vs. Indians again.

The performances, Sidney Pollack's direction & William Norton's writing all serve to put this film in a class with The Searchers. I believe it is to Lancaster's career what The Searchers is to John Wayne's.

Definitely a magnificent achievement. A must for wide-screen DVD restoration.

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