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The White Buffalo (1977)

PG | | Western | May 1977 (USA)
At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.

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Charlie Zane
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Crazy Horse / Worm
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Whistling Jack Kileen
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Winifred Coxy
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Abel Pickney (Stage Driver)
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Amos Briggs (Undertaker)
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Cassie Ollinger
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Tim Brady (Bartender)
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Pete Holt (Sheriff, Cheyenne, Wyoming) (as Cliff Pellow)
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Amos Bixby (Train Conductor / narrator) (as Douglas V. Fowley)
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Scott Walker ...
Gyp Hook-Hand
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In this strange western version of JAWS, Wild Bill Hickok hunts a white buffalo he has seen in a dream. Hickok moves through a variety of uniquely authentic western locations - dim, filthy, makeshift taverns; freezing, slaughterhouse-like frontier towns and beautifully desolate high country - before improbably teaming up with a young Indian named Crazy Horse to pursue the creature. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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Trivia

John Carradine: As undertaker Amos Briggs. See more »

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When Worm (Will Sampson) gives a long gun to Charlie (Jack Warden), the boom microphone is visible. See more »

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[first lines]
Amos Bixby: What the Hell is going on?
Wild Bill Hickok: I had a dream.
Amos Bixby: If there'd been anyone in the upper, you'd have sent him to Hell on a shudder.
Wild Bill Hickok: Sorry, Mister Bixby.
Amos Bixby: My God, Mister Otis. You will stow those damned irons in your carpet bag or I'll stop this train and set you out in Wyoming on your boots.
Amos Bixby: [narrating] In September of 1874 Wild Bill Hickok came back to the Old West. I didn't place him then because he was wearing a different name and he had a strange bee in his bonnet, a deadly dream that was ...
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Crazy Credits

The final credits play between two sepia oval portraits of the two principal actors in character, with the captions: "J.B.Hickok - Born 1837- Murdered 1876" and "Crazy Horse - Born 1842- Murdered 1877". See more »

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Charles Bronson - Will Bill Hickok confronts a giant buffalo that is making a cruel carnage
28 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This rare but intriguing western deals about Will Bill Hickok ( Charles Bronson)who suffers several nightmares about an enormous white buffalo. Will Hickok join forces with Indian chief, Crazy Horse, previous to Little Big Horn battle, ( here also named Worm and well played by Will Sampson)and a rifleman named Zane (Jack Warden) to track down a breathtaking white buffalo in the Black Hills. Hickok holds a dodgy obsession with the mythical animal until a spectacular final duel.

This strange picture packs action Western, thrills, chills, tension, violence and semi-surreal outdoors. The highlights of the movie are the impressive mountain of bones and the buffalo attacks with the victims running afoul that deliver the excitement. Packs something of 'Moby Dick' issue with the obstinate fight of a man to chase his prey. Other reviewers say that the white buffalo represents the fear to mortality. Features good performances from trio protagonist, Bronson, Sampson and Warden. Ample plethora of veteran secondaries as Slim Pickens as stagecoach conductor, Stuart Whitman as passenger , Clint Walker as gunfighter, Douglas Fowley as train conductor and also narrator , besides John Carradine . Other supporting cast in minor roles are Ed Lauter, Martin Kove and of course Kim Novak in a special appearance. Although much is filmed in studio, the freezing frontiers, filthy towns and snowy locations are shot in Bronson Canyon Los Angeles, Chana New Mexico and Canon City, Colorado. Appropriate and atmospheric musical score by the classic John Barry.

The picture is produced in average budget by Dino De Laurentis who made a trilogy with giant beasts (King Kong, Orca, White buffalo) and creatures design by Carlo Rambaldi (E.T.). The film is professionally directed by J. Lee Thomson who directed good Western ( McKenna gold) and all king genres as Sci-Fi (Conquest and Battle of planet of apes), terror (reincarnation of Peter Proud, Eye of the devil), adventures (King of the sun, Taras Bulba) and Warlike ( Guns of Navarone, Von Braun). J. Lee Thomson working from the 50s in England, finished his career making Chuck Norris (Firewalker) and Charles Bronson vehicles (Evil that men do, Messenger of death, Death Wish 4 : Crackdown, Caboblanco, St Ives). Watchable results for this outlandish Western.


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