Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

M  |   |  Drama, Western  |  31 October 1969 (West Germany)
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In 1909, when young Paiute Indian Willie Boy returns to his California reservation to be with Lola, whose father disapproves of him, a killing in self defense takes place, triggering a massive man hunt for Willie.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Boy
Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
Ray Calvert
George Hacker
Judge Benby
Sheriff Frank Wilson
Shelly Novack ...
Johnny Finney
Charlie Newcombe
Lloyd Gough ...
Ned Romero ...
John Wheeler ...
Erik Holland ...
Digger (as Eric Holland)
Garry Walberg ...
Dr. Mills


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 Jon Hertzberg <>

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The Willie Boy incident was the most savage chapter in frontier history !


Drama | Western


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Release Date:

31 October 1969 (West Germany)  »

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Willie Boy  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Tom: Did you see that crazy Calvert go by?
Willie Boy: Ate his dust.
Tom: When did you get back to Banning, Willie Boy?
Willie Boy: Five o'clock freight.
Tom: Goin' to the fiesta?
Willie Boy: Is that where you're goin', Tom?
Tom: Trailin' Mr. Calvert with a tow just in case he breaks down - or breaks his neck.
Willie Boy: Well, I guess that's where I'm goin'.
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This film is overlooked too often
16 March 2005 | by (Santa Cruz, California) – See all my reviews

I consider Robert Blake's performance in this movie to be one of his best, and this comes from someone who has always thought he was a fine actor. Robert Redford, too, shines here as the sheriff, and almost all the supporting cast keeps up with the two male leads.

Blake's character is a Paiute Indian who is the object of a manhunt which is sensationalized by the press because of its concurrence with a visit by President Taft. The sheriff is pressured into hunting down the Indian and the girl he loves but whose father has forbidden the match.

It's a good solid early-1900s Western with much better-than-average acting. But it's not so much an action film as it is a character study -- of Blake's character and, to a lesser degree, Redford's. It brings to life the racism and exploitation that white Europeans brought with them to America.

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