The Scalphunters


The Scalphunters

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Burt Lancaster is a fur trapper who teams with an educated runaway-slave (Ossie Davis) in a battle against some marauding white scalp hunters (led by Telly Savalas) and some pelt-stealing Indians. Shelley Winters appears as a wagon-train riding dancehall queen who uses her female tact to survive among the rough and rowdy crowd she's hanging with.


Critic Reviews for The Scalphunters

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  • Lancaster and Davis work particularly well together, ditto Savalas and Winters. There are talky periods of slow pace, but they are terminated before undue damage has been done.

    Mar 20, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • While the individual incidents are familiar, they are played with gusto by Lancaster and Davis.

    May 21, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Some movies are masterpieces, and most movies are not, and sometimes you get a movie that can best be described as 'interesting.' By that I mean it falls short of excellence but nevertheless has something that makes it worth seeing.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Navigating the movie's period attitude is relatively easy, but finding its sense of humor takes some work.

    Sep 27, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • ...a seriously misguided and hopelessly dated endeavor that's best left forgotten.

    Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Scalphunters

  • Nov 18, 2010
    Semi comic western offset by a little too much violence. Shelley Winters is amusing as a shady lady who rolls with the punches and Burt Lancaster and a very young Ossie Davis have a nice rapport.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2008
    Solid western. Good performances from all the actors. Good script. Nearly a great movie, but not quite.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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