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The White Buffalo (1977)

At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Richard Sale (screenplay), Richard Sale (from his novel "The White Buffalo")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Bill Hickok / James Otis
Jack Warden ... Charlie Zane
Will Sampson ... Crazy Horse / Worm
Kim Novak ... Poker Jenny Schermerhorn
Clint Walker ... Whistling Jack Kileen
Stuart Whitman ... Winifred Coxy
Slim Pickens ... Abel Pickney
John Carradine ... Amos Briggs
Cara Williams ... Cassie Ollinger
Shay Duffin ... Tim Brady
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Pete Holt (as Cliff Pellow)
Douglas Fowley ... Amos Bixby (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Ed Lauter ... Captain Tom Custer
Martin Kove ... Jack McCall
Scott Walker Scott Walker ... Gyp Hook-Hand
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Storyline

Tormented by incessant and recurring nightmares of a hellish great white buffalo attacking him in the snow-clad wilderness, the ailing Wild Bill Hickok, decides to travel north to hunt down the raging mythical beast. Along the way, the experienced hunter will team up with an old friend, the one-eyed Charlie, while in the meantime, the Indian Chief Crazy Horse whose child was killed by the same creature, is already out in the unforgiving landscape, pursuing the extraordinary bison. Without a doubt, both men won't rest until they find the supernatural monster of legend, however, in this uncomfortable alliance, even the slightest mistake can prove deadly. Written by Nick Riganas

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunt to Kill See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The writer of this movie, Richard Sale, also wrote the source novel of the same title. Sale himself was also a producer and film director in his own right but he didn't direct this movie, J. Lee Thompson did. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Room 237 (2012) See more »

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Like the song by Ted Nugent, this movie rocks!
16 January 2006 | by Raegan ButcherSee all my reviews

I admire this odd, surreal, western monster movie. It has elements of Moby Dick more than Jaws or anything else, with its various characters pushed onward by fate, following nightmares and omens to their respective destinies, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. It also features some of the greatest western slang I have ever had the pleasure to hear.I grew up in a rural Pacific Northwest lumber town--I know my redneck and cowboy talk and their attendant mannerisms--so trust me when I say that the dialog alone in this film makes it worth viewing. But you also get this giant monster buffalo and it gets a lot of opportunities to make an impression. I even would venture to praise some of the quick-cutting and crazy dolly shots used in conjunction the animatronic beast, which comes across rather well along with the bellowing roar it is given by the sound effects department and John Barry's ominous score.I have seen this film several times and the buffalo always surprises me by its effectiveness.A real sense of force and power and movement is conveyed. One of the more interesting Charles Bronson films of the 1970s.


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