Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Lawton, Abraham Polonsky
In Theaters:
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as Christopher Cooper

as Willie Boy

as Calvert

as Liz Arnold

as Hacker

as Frank Wilson

as Finney

as Newcombe

as Dr. Mills

as Le Marie

as Meathead

as Salesman

as Station Agent

as Sam Wood

as Johnny Hyde

as Old Mike

as Fake Indian

as 1st Committee Man

as 1st Escort
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Critic Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

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

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].

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A sense of clarity and austerity about the visuals lends potent emotional heft.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
Total Film

A powerful drama masquerading as a western that promises slightly more than it is able to deliver.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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