Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1
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Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0
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After being blacklisted from Hollywood for 21 years, writer/director Abraham Polonsky made a healthy comeback with Tell Them Willie Boy is Here. The title character, played by Robert Blake, is a Paiute Indian living in 1909 California. After several years in the White Man's world, Willie Boy returns to his reservation, hoping to renew his romance with tribeswoman Lola (Katherine Ross). Old Mike (Mike Angel), Lola's father, strongly disapproves of her relationship with Willie Boy and attacks the
Oct 31, 1969 Wide
Odeon Entertainment - Official Site
Lee de Broux
1st Committee Man
Joseph C. Mandel
John Bear Hudkins
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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.
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