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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)
Clifford A. Pellow ...
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

This movie was made and released about two years after Richard Sale's novel of the same name was first published in 1975. See more »

Goofs

The support apparatus for the mechanical buffalo is clearly visible during some charging scenes. 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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Featured in Room 237 (2012) See more »

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I have to say for some reason I love this film....
11 February 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I know a lot of people are not too impressed with this film. However when i first saw this about 14 years ago the images and atmosphere and chilly locations made an impact on my mind. I have seen this film several times and agree it is not one of Charles Bronson's best efforts but I still love watching this film regularly. The hunt for the white buffalo in the Black Hills is presented as a psychological battle in the mind of Wild Bill Hickok (Bronson) and a spiritual one for Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson). Sure the creature itself may look unrealistic,but the concept of battling your nightmares and the teaming up of two racial enemies as well as the dark cold almost sinister locations make this an interesting experience in my view. I also feel the dialogue is extremely appropriate with the use of 'Gold Diggers slang'. I am sure I am in a minority when I say I like this film so much.


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