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Director:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
'Scalphunters' reverses expectations See more (30 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:[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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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
'Scalphunters' reverses expectations, 6 December 2001
Author: gengene from Cheney, Washington

I first saw Scalphunters during its original release run in the spring of 1969. The audience' reaction to the scene at the waterhole, Bass and Lee indistinguishable in the mud, and the Indians laughing at them was one of the most raucous reactions I've ever heard at a movie; cheers, applause and much laughter. That is indicative of what makes the film so much better than its title leads one to think. It fairly consistently, and regularly, reverses the stereotypes we have come to expect of films with titles like "The Scalphunters." Bass, the white man, is completely at home in the wilderness, "an ill-mannered, unlettered oaf" to be sure, but highly skilled and fearless. Lee, a runaway slave, is articulate, literate, and completely out of place - not what we would expect of a plantation slave. The exchanges between Bass and Lee as they pursue the Kiowas and Bass's furs, particularly as they eat their first meal together, reveal's the film's real purpose. Bass says Lee ought to retail out for a number of bales of cotton in Saint Louis. Lee asks if Bass thinks it's right to sell a man like that. Bass responds, "Read your Bible." Lee's retort is that, "God didn't invent slavery. The Egyptians did." and "Julius Caesar made slaves out of all you Englishmen." This pointed banter carries on throughout the film, until Bass confronts Lee, who has asked for a drink of whiskey, with "Whiskey's a man's drink, and you ain't no man. You're a mealy-mouth, shuffle-butt slave, so don't be askin' to take no drink with a man." This all culminates finally in their last tit-for-tat struggle, that neither wins - or loses, either, completely unaware of their surroundings and imminent jeopardy, until that last great reversal of stereotype when it's the Indians who ride to the rescue, not the cavalry. The closing image with Bass and Lee riding not only the same, but also the only (and very smart) horse they have, makes a powerful statement about what our common circumstances are, and how pointless racial strife truly is. The film came and went quietly in 1969, I think because the country was not ready to find anything funny about race relations. Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby aside, are we ready yet?

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