Buffalo Bill and the Indians

1976, Western, 2h 3m

16 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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By 1885, beloved cavalryman Buffalo Bill Cody (Paul Newman) has hired a publicist and producer to help shape and promote his traveling Wild West show, which presents historically inaccurate reenactments of conflicts between U.S. troops and Native Americans. Cody hires Chief Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) to play himself, as a villain, in stagings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But, to Cody's dismay, star performer Annie Oakley (Geraldine Chaplin) and spectators both take to Sitting Bull.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Burt Lancaster
The Legend Maker , Ned Buntline
Joel Grey
Nate Salisbury (Cody's partner)
Kevin McCarthy
Maj. John M. Burke (general press agent)
Mike Kaplan
The Treasurer , Jules Keen
John Considine
Frank Butler
Frank Kaquitts
Sitting Bull
Will Sampson
The Interpreter , William Halsey
Denver Pyle
McLaughlin (man who delivers Sitting Bull)
Pat McCormick
The President of the United States , Grover Cleveland
Shelley Duvall
The First Lady , Mrs. Cleveland
Evelyn Lear
Nina Cavalini (singer)
Bonnie Leaders
Margaret (Bill's woman [opera singer])
Noelle Rogers
The Lyric-Coloratura , Lucille DuCharme
Fred Larsen
The King of the Cowboys , Buck Taylor
Dennis J. Parrish
Set Decoration
Jack Maxsted
Art Director
Anthony Masters
Production Manager
Dennis M. Hill
Film Editing
Peter Appleton
Film Editing
Paul Lohmann
Cinematography
Richard Baskin
Original Music
David Susskind
Executive Producer
Robert Eggenweiler
Associate Producer
Jac Cashin
Associate Producer
Scott Bushnell
Associate Producer
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Audience Reviews for Buffalo Bill and the Indians

  • Sep 29, 2021
    The problem here is that Altman is just totally wrong for this material as it requires more narrative clarity to sell this particular kind of showy satire. Also the commentary is mostly obvious which is a real shame because there's a lot of potential here
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2012
    A simple, minor, funny and entretaining piece of art.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Though a minor work, Newman is hilarious in the role and Altman paints another vivid picture.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2011
    Another robert altman gem from the 70s, and a enjoyable grumpy role from newman. here focusing on buffalo bill now the main attraction at a wild west show, and the arrival of sitting bull another legend, coming to the show. a western that isnt like your typical western, here just concentrating on the going ons at this attraction and the friction sitting bulls arrival brings. enjoyable and certainly altman fans will get more out of it than most.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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