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Director: Robert Altman     Starring: Paul Newman Frank Kaquitts
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40151461
UPC: 027616861047
UPC 14: 00027616861047
Rating: NR
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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.

"Great all-star cast...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"The most original American film of the year.  Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/12/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1001834
Video UPC UPC: 00027616861047
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Burt Lancaster
Video Cast Info Geraldine Chaplin
Video Cast Info Harvey Keitel
Video Cast Info Joel Gray
Video Cast Info Kevin McCarthy
Video Cast Info Paul Newman
Video Cast Info Arthur Kopit - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Robert Altman - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Lohmann - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Richard Baskind - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Robert Altman - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Altman - Writer
Video Cast Info Alan Rudolph - Writer
Plot 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

"May the sun never set on this great nation, unless it comes up again in the mornin'."----Buffalo Bill (Paul Newman)

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...Worth seeking out..." 09/01/2000 p.112

"An enjoyable indictment of Hollywood." 10/01/2004 p.156

Sight and Sound
"Newman is impressive..." 11/01/2004 p.74-5

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