Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
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In this film, the title character is a Paiute Indian living in 1909 California. When Willie Boy renews his romance with tribeswoman Lola, her disapproving father attacks the youth. Acting in self defense, Willie Boy kills the man. Unfortunately, white lawman Christopher Cooper must charge Willie Boy with murder.
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Critic Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance.
Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American.
A powerful film, even though the script wears its liberal conscience on its sleeve (and further hedges its bets by casting nice Robert Redford as the sheriff), directed with austere authority in desert landcapes marvellously shot by Conrad Hall.
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here is another one of the best American movies, and in its own way, equally idiomatic, evocative, and resourceful [as Force of Evil].
A sense of clarity and austerity about the visuals lends potent emotional heft.
A powerful drama masquerading as a western that promises slightly more than it is able to deliver.
It's basically a Western chase film that openly serves liberal messages over the Indian-white conflict.
This socially conscious Western represents a major comeback for blacklisted writer-director Polonsky, who identifies with the film's message and gets strong performances from Redford as the sheriff and Robert Blake as the hunted man.
It deserved to be a hit, but the melancholy tone and downbeat ending prevented that.
Audience Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
Affirmative.This is not your ordinary western.Long dialogue and stretching events,alongside with a political agenda of misdemeanors.And Willie in the middle.The goat.Furthermore,the finale seems a little bit of propaganda whether it be over a justified "party" or not,it still is considered a non-argumentative propaganda without evidence.The whole physical hunting is more than satisfying.Polonsky knew he wasn't fully charged but it's an entertaining film all in all.More
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