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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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The White Earthquake is Here! See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

John Carradine: As undertaker Amos Briggs. See more »

Goofs

Position of Jenny's hands on Hickok's shoulders when she greets him and kisses him. 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 eating...
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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

Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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I have to say for some reason I love this film....
11 February 2000 | by Bronson95See all my reviews

I know a lot of people are not too impressed with this film. However when i first saw this about 14 years ago the images and atmosphere and chilly locations made an impact on my mind. I have seen this film several times and agree it is not one of Charles Bronson's best efforts but I still love watching this film regularly. The hunt for the white buffalo in the Black Hills is presented as a psychological battle in the mind of Wild Bill Hickok (Bronson) and a spiritual one for Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson). Sure the creature itself may look unrealistic,but the concept of battling your nightmares and the teaming up of two racial enemies as well as the dark cold almost sinister locations make this an interesting experience in my view. I also feel the dialogue is extremely appropriate with the use of 'Gold Diggers slang'. I am sure I am in a minority when I say I like this film so much.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunt to Kill See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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