The Scalphunters (1968)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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For his third feature outing, director Sydney Pollack helmed this comedic western starring (Burt Lancaster) as fur trapper Joe Bass. While heading for the trading post for his pay after a successful hunting season, Bass runs into a band of Kiowa Indians, who offer to trade the educated slave Joseph (Ozzie Davis) for Bass's furs. Severely outnumbered, the uneducated Bass reluctantly agrees to the swap at gunpoint. Bass and Joseph then follow the Indians in hopes of retrieving the furs. Along the
Apr 2, 1968 Wide
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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.
An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot.
While the individual incidents are familiar, they are played with gusto by Lancaster and Davis.
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.
...a seriously misguided and hopelessly dated endeavor that's best left forgotten.
... never funny enough or Western enough or politically incisive enough to impress.
Working on several levels, the film is entertaining as an outdoor adventure, a study in character and a movie with an explicit, but never heavy-handed, message.
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