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Plot: At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo. Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 12 May 1977
I have to say for some reason I love this film.... (by Bronson95)
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 <more>
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.
I love this film and have done for going on 20 years - it was the film that first turned me on to Charles Bronson and I've been a fan ever since.First time as a youngster seeing it the suspense was almost unbearable and the buffalo really isn't that bad considering it was over 25 years ago.Buffalo scenes aside, the film scores for realism with believable characters, settings and dialogue.Bronson turns in a fine performance and although I love most of his films, this remains one of my favourites.
One of the most enchanting movies I have ever seen. (by outdigo2001)
My movie book rates this movie as a Turkey. The critic should have watched it for what it was rather than trying to classify it. It wasn't really a western even though it had a similar setting. Both the lead characters were caricatures and not real. They told a simple story with embellishments, i.e. salty language - "no more hard tongue from you, Mr. Coxie or you'll deal with me". Train conductor: You have a cold in your head, Mr Otis, that never goes away. Poker Gen, etc, etc. Scene by scene it was a treat to watch. One surprise after another. Characters were excellent - <more>
Jack Warden, Kim Novak, Stuart Whitman, Will Sampson "We Will both solve the great mystery". All in all one of the best and most enchanting movies I have seen.
White Buffalo Not A White Elephant (by whynotwriteme)
I was amazed that this film was on the bottom 20 IMDB list of westerns! Like Darrell1969, I too love this movie. Maybe Bronson was not the best choice for Wild Bill, although he is a fine western star, but the sets, dialogue, and the entire western/horror mood of this film are just great. If the buffalo is not 100% lifelike, well, just show me some CGI special effects that don't look fake! I would rather see the jerky robotic White Buffalo than some cartoon creature that looks like it hopped out of a Super Mario game! The frontier dialogue was the best and most realistic since 'True <more>
Grit', and the whole movie maintained a sense of wild west myth and strangeness. If you like westerns with a touch of dark, gothic mood, by all means watch The White Buffalo.
Well certainly one of the weirdest anyway. This madcap piece of 70's cinema boasts a terrific cast of character actors and a few A-listers in curiously small cameos , constant use of high shutter speed, nonstop bizarre dialog, more dolly shots than you can shake a stick at, and an animatronic killer buffalo by Carlo Rambaldi! Wow, and how did I miss this for so long? I'll tell you why: it had always to me vanished into the slough of the many forgettable Charles Bronson / J. Lee Thompson collaborations. On top of that, it's a 70's western, a decade not exactly known for some <more>
of the most memorable additions to the genre, though a few of my favorites like KEOMA came out of it.However, WHITE BUFFALO is totally different. The movie plays more like a dream than a literal story. Every frame has something a little "off" about it, and it's easy to see why such a bizarre film completely flopped and has never been widely released on home video here in the US. This film came out back-to-back with two other Dino De Laurentiis-produced movies starring killer giant animals on the loose including KING KONG and ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE. This is easily the best of the bunch, complete with a supremely serious score of the Bernard Herrmann-esque variety from John Barry, up there with his work for KONG and THE BLACK HOLE.Do yourself a favor and track this one down. Some of the best in the lost art of animatronic practical effects, Bronson out of character as a syphilitic gunman gradually losing his mind, one of Will Sampson's more substantial parts, and of course the aforementioned music and dreamlike visuals. Historical fiction of the best variety, with Custer, Crazy Horse, and Wild Bill all crossing paths with a killer BUFFALO seriously, who could have thought that one up? thrown in there to boot! This film suffers only from pacing issues but seriously improves on each viewing.A hidden gem.
Well, I agree with the fact that American Natives were being in most of the cases misused or wrong interpreted in American-but also in European made westerns. Historically seen as a result many western movies in particularly those with real Natives or those with faked Natives played by whites and others, will be wrong understand. Even today. As I am a "product" of former Dutch colonial imperialism now Indonesia I know and understand the fact of being discriminated. Back to the subject: I am a lover of American Frontier stories on the white screen. However most of them are <more>
rubbish also. The white Buffalo has an other degree within western making. This story is an allegorical western and used famous historical figures and situations as a completely new subject, not pretending to gave a historical correct image of that compare for instance others like Gladiator an Troy which are historical completely out of hand . The historical known figures and some events as depicted in this movie never exists that way. Some names in this picture are only used to make a thrilling story. Even though some of the events in this movie are bent to reality also but the whole is just fantasy and entertainment...
Like the song by Ted Nugent, this movie rocks! (by raegan_butcher)
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 <more>
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.
I hadn't seen director J. Lee Thompson's mythical 'The White Buffalo' in a long time, so when I came across it on DVD which it has just been released here in Australia I snapped it up. This was the second pairing of Thompson and Bronson after the solidly suave crime caper 'St Ives' 1976 , and what they brought to 'The White Buffalo' which Richard Sale adapted from his own novel was a visually atmospheric, mystically dreamy and really offbeat journey of symbolic meaning involving two completely different men Wild Bill Hickok and Chief Crazy Horse with <more>
differing mindsets one is sweaty fear and the other is spiritual vengeance , but dealing with one obsessive target on mind the legendary White buffalo. They're chasing a dream or maybe it's a nightmare? and the only way to rid it from their plaguing thoughts, is to come face to face with it which forms some fascinating interactions.There an obvious inspiration from Herman Melville's Moby Dick, even though it's not in the same league it delivers a diverting western enterprise of that framework. As for the white buffalo itself, it appears every now and again in glimpses and even so remains very important in the larger schemes of things. It's the story's backbone. From what you see of the creation, it looks very mechanical and stiff, but far from harmful as it looks quite good and it's echoing roar is effective. Its encounters are furiously intense, bloody, destructive and rapid like the opening slaughter of an Indian tribe . The way those scenes are filmed are suitably shot and edited in a murky fashion that we don't entirely get a clear shot of the buffalo. When it came to its barnstorming climax however, you couldn't help but feel it came to be too sudden possibly too easy. Thompson's sharply measured and low-key stylish direction is sturdily handled although it does feel staged by focusing on the expansively snowbound backdrop obvious back-lot sets presented with its expressive cinematography of riveting camera angles. John Barry's score is majestically haunting and provoking. Leisurely it ticks along with some languishing passages of endless talk, but I never found it that slow although it begins to plod when the fates of Bill and Crazy Horse come together with some pushy messages or particularly dull because of it's always curiously unique style of not knowing what was going to happen.Charles Bronson gives a stout-like performance spending a lot time behind shades, but showing a multi-facet character hiding from his past. Will Sampson is confidently tailored as Crazy Horse and a genuine Jack Warden is terrific as Hickok's grouchy off-side Charlie Zane. Clint Walker adds venom to his role and Slim Pickens minor part is noticeably enjoyable. There's strong support in the likes of Stuart Whitman, John Carradine, Ed Lauter, Richard Gilliland and the very pleasing Kim Novak.The curiosity of this cult-item weighs quite heavy with its potential, but it's an admirably flawed effort.
I've found that Charles Bronson's portrayal of Wild Bill Hickok in the White Buffalo to be the best and most realistic one I've seen on film or television. He certainly looks the most like Hickok and is properly attired with both pistols in a sash as Hickok was known to favor. The novel and film are set in 1874 as Hickok has returned to the west after several years of play acting as his good friend Buffalo Bill Cody talked him into doing. Whereas Cody was a natural for show business Hickok hated the whole business and went west again when gold was reported in the Dakota territory. <more>
It's there where he met his death in 1876.But according to this novel Hickok went on a hunt for a legendary white buffalo which has been plaguing him in dreams. Hickok also suffered from glaucoma and had to wear dark glasses because his eyes couldn't deal with bright light. Clearly not the man he was when he was the legendary marshal of Abilene.He was however the man who carried out what was essentially a contract hit on a legendary, charismatic Indian leader called the Whistler who back in the previous decade was trying to unite various Indian tribes to forget their own differences and wage a united war against the whites. The Indians, especially the Sioux hated Hickok for that though he was at the time carrying out Army orders, he was scouting for them at the time.On his odyssey to the Dakotas Hickok meets up with Crazy Horse two years before he became legendary leading the Sioux to victory at the Little Big Horn. The white buffalo is real and stampeding through the Sioux village killed Crazy Horse's toddler. Because Crazy Horse, played by Will Sampson, did not show proper Indian stoicism on the death of the little guy, he's been banished from the tribe and can only redeem himself according to their religion by killing the white buffalo himself and not with the white man's guns.Of course Crazy Horse and Hickok meet up in the Dakota territory each pursuing the albino bison. Whether they ever really met, they were in the same area at the same time. No record of it, but they could have met.Bronson and Sampson are a fine pair of leads and are ably assisted by a veteran cast of players that include, Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Kim Novak, Stuart Whitman, Cara Williams, Ed Lauter, Clint Walker and Douglas Fowley. Standing out however is Jack Warden playing Hickok's sidekick on the hunt. If you want to see the best portrayal of Wild Bill Hickok done on big screen or small catch The White Buffalo by all means.