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Billy Two Hats (1974)

After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Arch Deans
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Billy Two Hats
Jack Warden ... Sheriff Henry Gifford
David Huddleston ... Copeland, Saloon Owner
Sian Barbara Allen ... Esther Spencer
John Pearce John Pearce ... Spencer
Dawn Little Sky Dawn Little Sky ... Copeland's Squaw
Vince St. Cyr Vince St. Cyr ... Indian Leader (as W. Vincent St. Cyr)
Henry Medicine Hat Henry Medicine Hat ... Indian
Zeev Berlinsky ... Indian (as Zev Berlinsky)
Antony Scott Antony Scott ... Indian
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Storyline

When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner, the robbers flee. Sheriff Gifford tracks the robbers, killing one of them and capturing Billy. Deans escapes, but during a successful plot to free Billy from the Sheriff, Deans is shot, leaving him unable to walk or ride a horse. Billy, not wanting to abandon his friend, builds an Indian cot to drag Deans behind the horse. With the Sheriff hot on their trail, Deans and Billy try to stay one step ahead of the many obstacles which threaten their lives and freedom. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Against the Law...Against the Odds...Against the Land Itself

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Outlaw See more »

Filming Locations:

Parker, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Algonquin See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Contains a long scene with long-shot 'Buffalo Rifle', Sharps rifle and illustrates accuracy of it. See more »

Quotes

Esther Spencer: Billy Two Hats? How did you get a name like that?
Billy Two Hats: Well, my mother was a Kiowa and I don't know who my father was except he was white. My mother didn't know too much about him neither, except she told me he was kind of important. She said that in his room he had two hats - one for special and one for ordinary. That impressed my mother a whole lot. And when I was a kid it impressed me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Two are better than one
19 December 2010 | by shhazam2See all my reviews

Please rest assured that this little gem of a western will be very appealing to you. Having past it by many times for more modern films, I viewed it on a whim and was very pleased. A straight forward story of hate being defeated, love being found, loneliness lost and adversity faced. Easy to understand for any viewer requiring no interpretation. A gem well played by all actors. The stark scenery that others have noted as being filmed in Israel provides a great background for this simple story. The evils of bigotry and prejudice towards native Americans is well covered and evaluated without being preachy. Subjugation of women during this early western period is also exposed for its cruelty.


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