Buffalo Bill and the Indians

Directed By: Robert Altman Starring: Paul Newman Frank Kaquitts

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A cynical buffalo bill hires sitting bull to exploit him and his add credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his wild west show.


Studio MGM
SKU 40151461
UPC 027616861047
UPC 14 00027616861047
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2009
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Native Americans
Old West
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Robert Altman revisits American history--following the critical smash NASHVILLE--with this scathing indictment of celebrity and politics in the Wild West. Paul Newman (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) stars as Buffalo Bill Cody, a man who has parlayed his legend into a grand moneymaking scheme. Employing a group of talented gunslingers and horseback riders, Bill's carnival show promotes an exaggerated view of American history. However, when the company recruits equally legendary Native American Chief Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) and his interpreter, William Halsey (Will Sampson) to appear as defeated victims in the show, the lies begin to catch up with Buffalo Bill. While the appearance of President Grover Cleveland (Pat McCormick) further helps carve Bill's name in history, it is revealed that Sitting Bull is not completely done with Bill. Altman's adaptation of Arthur Kopit's play contains his signature roaming camera and sprawling cast, as well as conveys a sarcastic, cynical tone that aims to debunk myths created by the real-life legends on which the film is based. As the manipulative Buffalo Bill, a man whose conscience finally catches up with him, Newman delivers a comical and impassioned performance, adding yet another memorable character to his, and director Altman's, oeuvre.
Plot Summary
Summary In this Robert Altman view of western Americana, based on a stage play by Arthur Kopit, Paul Newman portrays Buffalo Bill as a boisterous, eccentric charlatan who has learned to exploit his name for celebrity and wealth. His ridiculous interpretation of American history, featuring an eclectic group of individuals, is challenged by the arrival of Chief Sitting Bull, a quiet Native American whose mere presence begins to challenge Buffalo Bill's mental state. Altman's comedy presents a lighthearted yet biting critique of American historical and cultural myths.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "May the sun never set on this great nation, unless it comes up again in the mornin'."--Buffalo Bill (Paul Newman)
Total Film "...Worth seeking out..." 09/01/2000 p.112
Uncut "An enjoyable indictment of Hollywood." 10/01/2004 p.156
Sight and Sound "Newman is impressive..." 11/01/2004 p.74-5
Robert Altman
Paul Newman
Frank Kaquitts
Cast & Crew
Burt Lancaster - Actor
Geraldine Chaplin - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
Joel Gray - Actor
Kevin McCarthy - Actor
Paul Newman - Actor
Arthur Kopit - Based On Play By
Robert Altman - Director
Paul Lohmann - Director of Photography
Richard Baskind - Musical Score
Robert Altman - Producer
Robert Altman - Writer
Alan Rudolph - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
Catalog ID 1001834
UPC 00027616861047
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Great all-star cast...
Vincent Canby, The New York Times The most original American film of the year.
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