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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  24 June 1976 (USA)
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A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Star (William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody)
The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
The Publicist (Maj. John Burke)
The Relative (Ed Goodman)
The Journalist (Prentiss Ingraham) (as Allan Nicholls)
The Sure Shot's Manager (Frank Butler)
The Wrangler (Oswald Dart) (as Robert Doqui)
Mike Kaplan ...
The Treasurer (Jules Keen)
The Bartender (Crutch)
Bonnie Leaders ...
The Mezzo-Contralto (Margaret)
Noelle Rogers ...
The Lyric-Coloratura (Lucille DuCharme)
The Lyric-Soprano (Nina Cavallini)
The Indian Agent (McLaughlin)
Frank Kaquitts ...
The Indian (Sitting Bull)


Buffalo Bill plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it. However, Sitting Bull has his own hidden agenda, involving the President and General Custer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

24 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Bill and the Indians  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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| (1979) | (video release)

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2.35 : 1
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The film's closing credits declare that the picture was "Filmed entirely on the Stoney Indian Reserve, Alberta, Canada". See more »


There is a flag on the flagpole. All 3 flags have 48 stars on them. The flag with 48 stars didn't come about until 1912. See more »


President Grover Cleveland: Where will you sleep, Buffalo Bill?
Ed Goodman: You can sleep with me, Uncle Will.
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: No, Ed, I will sleep out on the prairie underneath the moon and listen to the lullaby of the coyotes. You see, I ain't always been a comfortable man.
President Grover Cleveland: You know, it's a man like that that made this country what it is today!
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Satirical and Smart
4 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't see this film if you don't like sarcasm! It's not as much about the history behind Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show as it is about making fun of the racist attitudes present in many Western films. There are also some good laughs available when Annie Oakley shoots and her "target" flinches with anxiety.

The satire also explores the way Bill runs his show, or the way any CEO might run a company, and whether truth or entertainment is more important to the crowd. The truth Sitting Bull wishes to bring to the people is much less important to Bill than are his ticket sales. The juxtaposition of Sitting Bull's meekness and the way Bill portrays him in the show as a murderous, ruthless warrior is really brilliant.

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