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The White Buffalo (1977)

At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok 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 ... 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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Two legendary enemies unite to fight the charging white beast!! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This monster movie was produced by Dino De Laurentiis who around the time of the mid-1970s in the wake of Jaws (1975) produced a number of these movies featuring wild beasts. These movies included King Kong (1976), Orca (1977) and The White Buffalo (1977). See more »

Goofs

When the principle characters are introducing themselves to each other in the mountain cave, Crazy Horse (Samson) asks Hickok (Bronson) "what is the old one called" referring to Zane (Warden). Hickok says, "the Cheyenne call him Ochinee". Crazy Horse responds dubiously, "One Eye? The Great White Warrior of Sand Creek? You speak crookedly". Zane and Hickok then demonstrate and explain that one of Zane's eyes is made of glass, and that he truly is "One Eye".

But this entire characterization is historically false. "Ochinee" or "One Eye" was the name of an elderly Cheyenne chief, who was one of the many Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples who were massacred and mutilated by U.S. soldiers at Sand Creek, Colorado Territory, on November 29, 1864. Also known as "Lone Bear", he was a charismatic speaker and proponent of peace with the encroaching whites. 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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Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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I disagree with most who criticize the special effects.
12 December 2004 | by ericfurrerSee all my reviews

Although I can't find any information on what the budget for White Buffalo was, I suspect that the Dino de Laurentiis Corporation provided a reasonable amount of money considering they were 1977 dollars. I mention this because the most typical comments state that the laughable buff effects were due to low budget constraints.

But consider this. 2001: A Space Odyssey's effects were set to screen nine years before 1977 and Star Wars was released the same year as White Buffalo.

So special effects, although not CGI, were certainly advanced enough to satisfy those who have commented negatively here. So ... why were more advanced effects not used?

My theory is that the makers wanted to create a surreal, dreamlike feeling, much like it might have been to listen to an Indian storyteller around a village campfire a hundred and fifty years ago. In those times, human imagination could not have constructed the special effects images that we take for granted in our present-day monsters. Modern effects would detract from the misty, myth-like ambiance of this movie ... the myth of James Butler Hickok, the myth of Crazy Horse, the myth of the white buffalo.

When combined with John Barry's haunting score, this movie really has an effect on me. I give it an 8 out of 10 and hope to see it on a 1.85:1 widescreen DVD soon. I also hope the sound will be remastered better than the bloody mono track many of these cheap disk production companies are passing off on us!


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