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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Arch Deans
... Billy Two Hats
... Sheriff Henry Gifford
... Copeland, Saloon Owner
... Esther Spencer
John Pearce ... Spencer
Dawn Little Sky ... Copeland's Squaw
Vince St. Cyr ... Indian Leader (as W. Vincent St. Cyr)
Henry Medicine Hat ... Indian
... Indian (as Zev Berlinsky)
Antony Scott ... Indian
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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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Against the Law...Against the Odds...Against the Land Itself

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Romance | Western

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7 March 1974 (West Germany)  »

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The Lady and the Outlaw  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The fact that this was a Western filmed in Israel was fodder for a number of comedians, who dubbed it "Shalom on the Range". See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Henry Gifford: Who's out there?
Copeland, Saloon Owner: Oh, just a lot of nothing.
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Odd But OK...
24 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

It seems others have made a virtue out of this film's odd credentials and quite possibly used these against the film itself. On the face of it and if you didn't know (most folks won't, or care) then this is a decent western, with a Sam Peckinpah sense of gritty realism and dynamism.

The story follows a familiar one; an aged Scottish Gregory Peck and a young half-caste youth become fugitives - then friends - after a bungled bank robbery. They are pursued by racist and violent sheriff Jack Warden who hounds the pair, right to the bloody finale. There's good action and the unusual Israeli scenery actually adds a bit of variety to the surroundings.

The interestingly titled Billy 'Two Hats' is given an unusually sympathetic and approachable role, especially considering the western genre's tendency to the opposite toward native American characters. This again, adds to the flavour of the film, giving it a nuance that marks it apart from dozens of others.

I'd not heard of 'Billy Two Hats'; its title got me interested in the TV listings and found it well worth the time and effort but not quite enough to buy it on DVD.


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