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The Scalphunters -- When trapper Joe Bass (Lancaster) is bush-whacked by Indians who steal his furs and leave him a runaway slave (Davis) in exchange he's determined to get his property back. But when the Indians are attacked by outlaws, Joe and his unwanted companion must join forces to retrieve the furs in a startling, action-packed journey of self-discovery


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Release Date:
2 April 1968 (USA) See more »
"I'm Joe Bass. I Hunt Scalphunters!" See more »
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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Terrific and funny western. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
Tony Epper .... stunt coordinator
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double: Dabney Coleman (uncredited)
Thomas A. Sweet .... 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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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Audio/visual unsynchronized: At c.34 minutes the guitarist plays only open strings despite the more elaborate soundtrack.See more »
Joseph Lee:[walking behind Joe Bass and his horse] What about me, sir?
Joe Bass:I'll just sell you to the highest bidder.
Joseph Lee:Could you mske that to a Comanche, sir?
Joe Bass:You seem to have an uncommon prejudice against service to the white-skinned race!
Joseph Lee:I don't mean to be narrow in my attitude. Could I ask you what's your name, sir?
Joe Bass:Joe Bass.
Joseph Lee:Well, Mr. Bass, couldn't you kind of consider me a captured Comanche?
Joe Bass:[both Joe Bass and his horse turn around and do a 'take']
Joseph Lee:I came on my own two feet as far as those Comanches. It was my intent to circle south as far as Mexico. The Mexicans have a law against the slavery trade, and since those Indians captured me from other Indians. I have now got full Indian citizenship.
Joe Bass:Joseph Lee, you ever study the law?
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Referenced in Shaft (1971)See more »


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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Terrific and funny western., 19 June 2007
Author: rclay-1 from United Kingdom

The best thing about this film is the humour, and the sharp dialogue. With this cast just about every scene is enjoyable, but the scenes between Burt Lancaster and Ossie Davies literally crackle. (Ossie Davies practically makes this picture his own, no mean feat with a cast of this quality). Telly Salvalas makes a really great baddie, and Shelley Winters is the perfect counter to him. The script has an edge like a razor, and despite being very funny, has some serious reflections on everything from greed to race. If you haven't seen it yet, you are in for a treat. From start to final minute, a cracking good picture. Even if you are not a western fan, I recommend this film. It's the great characters and dialogue that make it stand out.

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