The Scalphunters (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Scalphunters (1968)

The Scalphunters (1968)

The Scalphunters




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Burt Lancaster is a fur trapper who teams with an educated runaway-slave (Ossie Davis) in a battle against some marauding white scalp hunters (led by Telly Savalas) and some pelt-stealing Indians. Shelley Winters appears as a wagon-train riding dancehall queen who uses her female tact to survive among the rough and rowdy crowd she's hanging with.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Norton
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2005
United Artists


Telly Savalas
as Jim Howie
Jack Williams
as Scalphunter
John Epper
as Scalphunter
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Critic Reviews for The Scalphunters

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Lancaster and Davis work particularly well together, ditto Savalas and Winters. There are talky periods of slow pace, but they are terminated before undue damage has been done.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Top Critic

An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While the individual incidents are familiar, they are played with gusto by Lancaster and Davis.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Some movies are masterpieces, and most movies are not, and sometimes you get a movie that can best be described as 'interesting.' By that I mean it falls short of excellence but nevertheless has something that makes it worth seeing.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Navigating the movie's period attitude is relatively easy, but finding its sense of humor takes some work.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014

...a seriously misguided and hopelessly dated endeavor that's best left forgotten.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Scalphunters


Semi comic western offset by a little too much violence. Shelley Winters is amusing as a shady lady who rolls with the punches and Burt Lancaster and a very young Ossie Davis have a nice rapport.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Fifty percent comedy. Fifty percent western. One hundred percent fun! I stand by my words that almost any movie with Burt Lancaster in it is worth your just so you can here Lancaster speak, and this movie provides him with ample dialogue. Simple plot push forward by stellar performances.


Average late-era western with an above average performance from Ossie Davis. A little thematically stilted.

Scott Corley

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