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Billy Two Hats (1974)

After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.

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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
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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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Romance | Western

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7 March 1974 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Outlaw  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Originally Norman Jewison was going to direct. See more »

Quotes

Arch Deans: [on entering saloon] I'll no' say no tae a dram!
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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The Outlaw and The Breed.
18 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Billy Two Hats is directed by Ted Kotcheff and written by Alan Sharp. It stars Gregory Peck, Desi Arnaz Junior, Jack Warden, David Huddleston and Sian Barbara. Music is by John Scott and cinematography by Brian West.

Interesting. Peck plays a grizzled Scottish outlaw and Arnaz Jr. the half-breed Indian of film's title. They rob banks and have a sort of father and son relationship as they try to escape from vengeful racist Sheriff Gifford (Warden). So in essence it's a buddy Western, albeit one that's a bit off-beat and has grand ideas to be a religio parable of sorts.

Unfortunately away from the unusual casting decisions which happen to entertain, it's immeasurably dull on narrative terms and blandly photographed (in Israel) into the bargain. It's not hard to see why it flopped upon release to theatres.

The sporadic action passages are adequately performed, and the intentional humour hits the required mark, but by the time the boorish inter-racial relationship comes to the fore, you may find it hard to stay awake. 5/10


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