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Illiterate fur trapper Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster) is coerced by some Kiowa Indians into trading his haul for a well-educated, escaped slave named Joseph Lee (Ossie Davis). Bass seeks to track the Indians and recover his treasure, while Joseph wants to travel to Mexico, where slavery is illegal. Their plans are complicated by the arrival of a band of scalphunters, led by Jim Howie (Telly Savalas), who want to kill the Indians, claim the furs and resell the black man.

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Critic Reviews for The Scalphunters

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (3)

  • 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.

    March 20, 2008 | Full Review…
  • An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 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.

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

    September 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.
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  • 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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