Review: ‘Buffalo Bill and the Indians – Or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson’

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.

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.

Buffalo Bill and the Indians - Or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

Production

De Laurentiis/Lion's Gate. Director Robert Altman; Producer Robert Altman; Screenplay Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman; Camera Paul Lohmann; Editor Peter Appleton, Dennis Hill; Music Richard Baskin; Art Director Tony Masters

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 123 MIN.

With

Paul Newman Joel Grey Kevin McCarthy Harvey Keitel Allan Nicholls Geraldine Chaplin
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