Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

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Total Count: 13

50%

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"Truth is whatever gets the loudest applause." Debunking western myths even more than he did in McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) sardonically explores the gap between western history and legend in show biz-obsessed America. Megalomaniac "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Paul Newman) assumes the legend created for him by writer Ned Buntline (Burt Lancaster), aided and abetted by his producer (Joel Grey) and his publicist (Kevin McCarthy), perpetuating myths of white triumph over savage "Injuns" in his Wild West show, as audiences cheer him on and buy his merchandise. But when Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) joins the troupe with his interpreter (Will Sampson), his request for authenticity threatens to throw a wrench into the proceedings. Regardless of how Bill may feel about the facts, he must bow to the preferences of the paying public. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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Cast

Paul Newman
as The Star (William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody)
Joel Grey
as The Producer (Nate Salisbury)
Kevin McCarthy
as The Publicist (Maj. John Burke)
Burt Lancaster
as The Legend Maker (Ned Buntline)
Allan F. Nicholls
as Prentiss Ingraham
Harvey Keitel
as The Relative (Ed Goodman)
Mike E. Kaplan
as The Treasurer (Jules Keen)
Bert Remsen
as The Bartender (Crutch)
Geraldine Chaplin
as Annie Oakley
John Considine
as Frank Butler
Frank Kaquitts
as Sitting Bull
Will Sampson
as William Halsey
Robert DoQui
as Wrangler
Denver Pyle
as McLaughlin
Pat McCormick
as Grover Cleveland
Shelley Duvall
as Mrs. Cleveland
Fred Larsen
as Cowboy King
Michael J. Kaplan
as The Treasurer
Joy Duce
as Trick Rider
Jerri Duce
as Trick Rider
Alex Green
as Whip & Fast Draw Act
Humphrey Gratz
as Old Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

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Audience Reviews for Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

  • 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
  • Oct 15, 2010
    In the same off-beat comedy style as Robert Altman's M*A*S*H*.
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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