It appears that the idea here is to expose and debunk the Buffalo Bill legend, revealing it for the promotional distortion which, in some ways, it most certainly has to have been. Project was shot completely in Alberta.
Film [based on the play Indians by Arthur Kopit] shows Paul Newman bumbling through the challenge of living up to a legend created by Burt Lancaster, regularly popping up with bartender Bert Remsen in scenes of verbal recall. Joel Grey is Newman’s current showman partner, while Kevin McCarthy grinds out the press agent claptrap.
The serious plot note is the determination of Sitting Bull (played very well in total silence by Frank Kaquitts) and interpreter Will Sampson not to debase history through cheap carny melodrama.