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When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner, the robbers flee. Sheriff Gifford tracks the robbers, killing one of them and capturing... See full summary »

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Arch Deans
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Billy Two Hats
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Sheriff Henry Gifford
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Copeland, Saloon Owner
Sian Barbara Allen ...
Esther Spencer
John Pearce ...
Spencer
Dawn Little Sky ...
Copeland's Squaw
Vince St. Cyr ...
Indian Leader (as W. Vincent St. Cyr)
Henry Medicine Hat ...
Indian
Zeev Berlinsky ...
Indian (as Zev Berlinsky)
Antony Scott ...
Indian
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When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner, the robbers flee. Sheriff Gifford tracks the robbers, killing one of them and capturing Billy. Deans escapes, but during a successful plot to free Billy from the Sheriff, Deans is shot, leaving him unable to walk or ride a horse. Billy, not wanting to abandon his friend, builds an Indian cot to drag Deans behind the horse. With the Sheriff hot on their trail, Deans and Billy try to stay one step ahead of the many obstacles which threaten their lives and freedom. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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Against the Law Against the Odds Against the Land Itself

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7 March 1974 (West Germany)  »

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Contains a long scene with long-shot 'Buffalo Rifle', Sharps rifle and illustrates accuracy of it. See more »

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Copeland, Saloon Owner: You know, when I first came out here, the Indians was in the thousands. And the buffalo? They were in the millions. Not no more. In the beginning it was a good life. You could stand in one spot and see the same herd of buffalo go by all day long. I never saw nothing like it. It was just like the whole prairie was moving.
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Billy Two Hats was made at a dry spell in Gregory Peck's career. He himself admitted he was taking roles just for the work and the loot and possibly the thought of doing a western shot in the Negev desert in Israel may have appealed to him. It probably would be more feasible today. In 1974 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat hadn't sat down at Camp David and made peace. I wonder just how much danger Greg and the cast were in.

The title role is played by Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Gregory Peck plays a Scottish outlaw from the old west. A pair of amiable bankrobbers, Arnaz prevents Peck from being captured by Marshal Jack Warden. Of course Arnaz is caught, but later Peck rescues him at the cost of a broken leg.

Actually the most interesting part in the film is that of Jack Warden as the Marshal. He may have the badge, but he's not exactly Wyatt Earp as the Wyatt Earp legend has him. In fact Gene Hackman may very well have studied this film for his portrayal of a nasty town marshal in Clint Eastwood's The Unforgiven.

I wouldn't recommend this film for anyone other than fans of Gregory Peck.


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