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Arthur Kopit (play)
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24 June 1976 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another overlooked masterpiece from the 1970s! See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... The Star (William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody)

Joel Grey ... The Producer (Nate Salisbury)

Kevin McCarthy ... The Publicist (Maj. John Burke)

Harvey Keitel ... The Relative (Ed Goodman)

Allan F. Nicholls ... The Journalist (Prentiss Ingraham) (as Allan Nicholls)

Geraldine Chaplin ... The Sure Shot (Annie Oakley)

John Considine ... The Sure Shot's Manager (Frank Butler)

Robert DoQui ... The Wrangler (Oswald Dart) (as Robert Doqui)
Mike Kaplan ... The Treasurer (Jules Keen)

Bert Remsen ... The Bartender (Crutch)
Bonnie Leaders ... The Mezzo-Contralto (Margaret)
Noelle Rogers ... The Lyric-Coloratura (Lucille DuCharme)

Evelyn Lear ... The Lyric-Soprano (Nina Cavallini)

Denver Pyle ... The Indian Agent (McLaughlin)
Frank Kaquitts ... The Indian (Sitting Bull)

Will Sampson ... The Interpreter (William Halsey)
Ken Krossa ... The Arenic Director (Johnny Baker)
Fred N. Larsen ... The King of the Cowboys (Buck Taylor)
Jerri Duce ... The Cowboy Trick Rider
Joy Duce ... The Cowboy Trick Rider

Alex Green ... The Mexican Whip and Fast Draw Act
Gary MacKenzie ... The Mexican Whip and Fast Draw Act
Humphrey Gratz ... The Old Soldier
Pat McCormick ... The President of the United States (Grover Cleveland)

Shelley Duvall ... The First Lady (Mrs. Grover Cleveland)

Burt Lancaster ... The Legend Maker (Ned Buntline)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Corrie ... Rancher (uncredited)
E.L. Doctorow ... Adviser to President Grover Cleveland (uncredited)

Patrick Reynolds ... President Cleveland's Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Kopit (play "Indians")

Alan Rudolph (screen story and screenplay) &
Robert Altman (screen story and screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... associate producer
Jac Cashin .... associate producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer
David Susskind .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Baskin 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of cinema photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Appleton 
Dennis M. Hill  (as Dennis Hill)
 
Production Design by
Anthony Masters  (as Tony Masters)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Maxsted 
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis J. Parrish 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Les Kimber .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Lockwood .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rusty Cox .... scenic artist
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Graham Sumner .... assistant property master
Graham Sumner .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Chris McLaughlin .... sound
Richard Oswald .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
William A. Sawyer .... sound editor (as William Sawyer)
James E. Webb .... sound (as Jim Webb)
Rob Young .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects (as Terry Frazee)
John Thomas .... special effects
Bill Zomar .... special effects
Joe Zomar .... special effects
 
Stunts
John Forster .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... grip (as Art Brooker)
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Eddie Koons)
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer
Jack L. Richards .... camera operator (as Jack Richards)
Robert Reed Altman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter Appleton .... featurette cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
J. Allen Highfill .... costume assistant
Jules Melillo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Altman .... apprentice editor (as Steve Altman)
Mark Eggenweiler .... apprentice editor
Tony Lombardo .... assistant editor
Tom Walls .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Lyn Austin .... Broadway stage producer
John Bianchi .... Buffalo Bill's gun belt by
John Binder .... script supervisor
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter (as Dino DeLaurentiis)
Maysie Hoy .... researcher
Dan Perri .... title designer
John Scott .... head wrangler
Oliver Smith .... Broadway stage producer
Roger L. Stevens .... Broadway stage producer (as Roger Stevens)
Tommy Thompson .... production executive
Norman Walke .... operator: titan boom
Joe Thornton .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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123 min | Finland:105 min (1979) | 135 min (video release)
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The major cast's characters on the pre-publicity press sheet and opening credits were billed in the style of some old theater programs i.e. by their titles/professions rather than by their names. These here were: The Star, The Producer, The Publicist, The Relative, The Journalist, The Sure Shot, The Sure Shot's Manager, The Wrangler, The Treasurer, The Bartender, The Mezzo-Contralto, The Lyric-Coloratura, The Lyric-Soprano, The Indian Agent, The Indian, The Interpreter, The Arenic Director, The King of the Cowboys, The Cowboy Trick Rider, The Mexican Whip and Fast Draw Act, The Old Soldier, The President of the United States, The First Lady, and The Legend Maker.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Sitting Bull joined Cody's show in 1885. The performing arena shows several Wyoming state flags, but Wyoming wasn't granted statehood until 1890, and that flag wasn't adopted until 1917.See more »
Quotes:
[explaining why Sitting Bull should be in Buffalo Bill's show]
Ned Buntline:A rock ain't a rock once it becomes gravel.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Another overlooked masterpiece from the 1970s!, 28 November 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

I've said it countless times before, but I'm always astonished at just how many fantastic film from the 70s are close to being forgotten today. Maybe it's because this was an era of filmmakers taking risks and studio heads allowing them to do so, but I'm consistently impressed by the huge number of mature and intelligent films turned out, especially compared to the 1980s. "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" is one of the many regretfully underrated films from the time. Coming hot off the commercial and critical success of "Nashville", Altman offered up this satire on the American entertainment industry and the manner in which we view our heroes. Maybe since it was released in the bicentennial, America didn't want to see such a cynical portrayal of an American icon. The film flopped and received very mixed reviews from the critics.

The fact it wasn't well regarded upon initial release and is largely forgotten today is a complete shame, because it really is one of Altman's finest works. The dialog is scorching and complements the satirical nature of the plot very well. The acting by everyone involved is superb. Paul Newman, known for playing likable anti-heroes, is rather cast against type as a charming but ultimately pathetic Bill Cody. Also worth mentioning is Harvey Keitel, also playing against type, as Cody's meek nephew. Despite all the great performances, another reason this may have flopped was the lack of likable characters. "MASH" and "Nashville" at least offered sympathetic protagonists, but the people in "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" are likely to sicken the viewer for the most part. Still, it only serves to drive the cynical themes home. "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" is an overlooked masterpiece. (9/10)

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