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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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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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Storyline

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

Wild Bill Hickock calls Charlie "old timer" throughout the film, in reality Jack Warden was just a year older than Charles Bronson. See more »

Goofs

Position of Jenny's hands on Hickok's shoulders when she greets him and kisses him. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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I disagree with most who criticize the special effects.
12 December 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Although I can't find any information on what the budget for White Buffalo was, I suspect that the Dino de Laurentiis Corporation provided a reasonable amount of money considering they were 1977 dollars. I mention this because the most typical comments state that the laughable buff effects were due to low budget constraints.

But consider this. 2001: A Space Odyssey's effects were set to screen nine years before 1977 and Star Wars was released the same year as White Buffalo.

So special effects, although not CGI, were certainly advanced enough to satisfy those who have commented negatively here. So ... why were more advanced effects not used?

My theory is that the makers wanted to create a surreal, dreamlike feeling, much like it might have been to listen to an Indian storyteller around a village campfire a hundred and fifty years ago. In those times, human imagination could not have constructed the special effects images that we take for granted in our present-day monsters. Modern effects would detract from the misty, myth-like ambiance of this movie ... the myth of James Butler Hickok, the myth of Crazy Horse, the myth of the white buffalo.

When combined with John Barry's haunting score, this movie really has an effect on me. I give it an 8 out of 10 and hope to see it on a 1.85:1 widescreen DVD soon. I also hope the sound will be remastered better than the bloody mono track many of these cheap disk production companies are passing off on us!


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