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Directed By
J. Lee Thompson

Written By:
Richard Sale

Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Stuart Whitman, John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Cara Williams, Douglas Fowley

The White Buffalo (1977)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
May 17th, 2008

Captain Ahab, I mean Hickok...

There is a feel of Moby Dick in this artsy western. Captain Wild Bill Hickok is haunted in his dream by a white whale, oops, I mean buffalo. At the same time, Crazy Horse has just lost a daughter and his manhood is threatened, so he must find a white buffalo to send his daughter off to the happy hunting grounds in proper fashion.

Circumstances send both these men on a journey - one to sooth his psyche, and the other to appease his gods. They are mortal enemies, but when they meet, they do not know who each other is and join forces.

The charging white buffalo is reminiscent of the shark in Jaws, and they do battle against this mighty force of nature. It is an interesting film, not a typical western, and not a typical large animal story.

The only real criticism I have is the dialog. It just seems as if they used every tired western term they could think of, and it got very painful after a short while.

That aside, it was a good film.

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