In the 1800s Jake Jones finds a buffalo about to be eaten by coyotes. He rescues the buffalo and raises it. He names the him Samson. Jones decides to break the buffalo and saddle him. He ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
C. Lindsay Workman ...
Narrator (voice)
Rick Guinn ...
Buffalo Jones
John Freeman ...
Frank Nesbitt
Rich Scheeland ...
Ralph Pierce
George Sager ...
Ted Clayborn
Priscilla Lauris ...
Mrs. Robinson
Dick Robinson ...
Sam Robinson
Old Buffalo Hunter's Voice (voice)


In the 1800s Jake Jones finds a buffalo about to be eaten by coyotes. He rescues the buffalo and raises it. He names the him Samson. Jones decides to break the buffalo and saddle him. He then becomes the guy ON A buffalo. Written by UKISOCIETY JONES

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buffalo | street shootout | pistol | See All (3) »


Charging on 2000 pounds of revenge!



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3 March 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This movie is the subject of a popular four part YouTube video series. Parts of the movie were redited and set to a comedic musical narrative. See more »


Buffalo Jones: A couple of grizzlies got him, but I think he'll be okay.
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Featured in Guy on a Buffalo: Bears, Indians, and Such (2011) See more »


The Life and Legend of Buffalo Jones
by Al Capps and Lane Caudell
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There's buffalo riding, but mostly animal cruelty!
29 November 2011 | by (Ohio, United States) – See all my reviews

Buffalo rider tells the story of Jake Jones, a man who asks a question that most of us have probably already asked ourselves; what would happen if I attempted to ride a buffalo? The answer is, "It would make an incredibly terrible movie". Buffalo Rider appears to be made from two separate film crews who did not communicate with each other and then threw together all of their footage at the last minute and tried to form a movie out of it. It's part Western, part nature documentary, but ALL bad.

There is no doubt in my mind that most of the plot was constructed after filming took place. The reason why people ride horses instead of buffalo is because buffalo do whatever the hell they want; there are plenty of scenes where the narrator says something like, "Well, Jake wanted to (insert thing or place Jake wanted to do or go), but Samson (the buffalo), decided that he wanted to (insert place or direction Samson was currently going)." Samson the buffalo just does whatever he wants; walking back and forth and going up and down hills with no direction or consistency to the movie's "plot". In once scene the narrator literally says, "Samson decided to try to scrape Jake off his back", to try to explain why the star of the movie just got slammed into a fir tree.

Here's an interesting thought; at one point in time, either the writer of the directer of this film said, "I don't care how or why, but I want us to put a raccoon in the middle of a frozen river and then break open a dam upstream so we can watch the raccoon get swept away in the ensuing flood." You think I'm joking? What if I told you that this movie features not one, but THREE different raccoons struggling to not drown in three different scenes? There is SO much wrong with this movie. At one point it actually pulls a Beerfest, where a character in the film is killed (thus giving our "hero" motivation for revenge), and is replaced by the same actor playing a different character. Oh, and there is blatant animal abuse everywhere. You think an animal-struggling-to-survive-a-flood scene would be hard to watch? Well then get ready for the "Animal A Attempting to Drown Animal B by Holding Animal B's Head Underwater" scene! It's fun for the whole family! ESPECIALLY if the whole family loves watching buffalo being shot dead, because this movie has PLENTY of that! If you want to watch this movie, watch the Rifftrax version (google it), as that is the only version worth watching.

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