Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

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"Truth is whatever gets the loudest applause." Debunking western myths even more than he did in McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) sardonically explores the gap between western history and legend in show biz-obsessed America. Megalomaniac "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Paul Newman) assumes the legend created for him by writer Ned Buntline (Burt Lancaster), aided and abetted by his producer (Joel Grey) and his publicist … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman & Alan Rudolph, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 2014
Runtime:
United Artists

Cast


as The Star (William 'B...

as The Producer (Nate S...

as The Publicist (Maj. ...

as The Legend Maker (Ne...

as The Relative (Ed Goo...

as Prentiss Ingraham

as The Treasurer (Jules...

as The Bartender (Crutc...

as Annie Oakley

as Frank Butler

as Sitting Bull

as William Halsey

as Wrangler

as McLaughlin

as Grover Cleveland

as Mrs. Cleveland

as Cowboy King

as The Treasurer

as Trick Rider

as Trick Rider

as Whip & Fast Draw Act

as Old Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

It's a sometimes self-indulgent, confused, ambitious movie that is often very funny and always fascinating.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Aspires to a cynical Brechtian snappiness, but the drama is too thinly imagined, the meanings too familiar and heavily stated, for this 1976 film to gather any real interest.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While not one of Altman's strongest films, this cynical tale merits a look as a meditation on American history, mythmaking, and showbusiness

Full Review… | July 15, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Scabrous revues of myopic mythology

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
CinePassion

Altman and crew have done the necessary reorganizing and reediting on Buffalo Bill and have created a terrific movie out of the troubled dust of what was. The first time I saw the movie in New York, it was explicit, contrived, and needed a lot of help.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
tonymacklin.net

Audience Reviews for Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

½

A simple, minor, funny and entretaining piece of art.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Though a minor work, Newman is hilarious in the role and Altman paints another vivid picture.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Buffalo Bill and the Indians" is about the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1885. Buffalo Bill Cody(Paul Newman) has just signed the legendary Indian Chief Sitting Bull to appear in his show. Buffalo BIll, here, is pictured as being a buffoon, a drunkard and having a fetish for opera singers. Since this movie is directed by Robert Altman, it contains some of his normal flourishes - Shelly Duvall, socio-politcal statement, overlapping dialogue, and a large capable cast including Newman, Harvey Keitel, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Geraldine Chaplin and Burt Lancaster who in a small role nearly steals the movie.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Buffalo Bill and the Indians" is a disappointing movie. It is certainly well-staged but none of the characters truly come to life, despite the cast. I get the feeling that Altman was trying to make a statement about the nature of entertainment vs. reality but it backfires especially because this movie is not as good as "Annie Get Your Gun"(1950) which was immensely entertaining despite its antideluvian gender politics. [/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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