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Based on true events, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, tells the story of one of the last Western manhunts, in 1909. Willie Boy, a Native American, kills his girlfriend's father in self defense, and the two go on the run, pursued by a search posse led by Sheriff Christopher Cooper. Written by
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Did you see that crazy Calvert go by?
Ate his dust.
When did you get back to Banning, Willie Boy?
Five o'clock freight.
Goin' to the fiesta?
Is that where you're goin', Tom?
Trailin' Mr. Calvert with a tow just in case he breaks down - or breaks his neck.
Well, I guess that's where I'm goin'.
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A great looking film spoiled when the characters open their mouths...
This was Abraham Polonsky's return to the screen after his blacklisting so little surprise then that his film should evidence both love of the visual aspects of cinema and love of polemic. This simp[le story of a native American who will not conform and ends up on the run has been turned by Polonsky into a tract against white America, and is all the weaker for the dogmatic approach he makes. Polonsky doesnt try persuasion, he prefers to hit his audiences over the head with a large blunt instrument. But the film itself is beautifully made, the mechanics of the chase and the spectacular scenery given full weight. It was just a pity that the characters were made to talk at all.
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