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Movie Info

While confronting the disapproving father of his girlfriend, Lola (Katharine Ross), Native American man Willie Boy (Robert Blake) kills the man in self-defense. Forced to go on the run, the couple is pursued by Deputy Sheriff Christopher Cooper (Robert Redford), who is somewhat empathetic to their plight, and a group of cold, calculating bounty hunters. As the pursuit continues, the situation grows increasingly tense, with Willie Boy and Cooper headed for a standoff.

Cast & Crew

Robert Redford
Deputy Sheriff Christopher "Coop" Cooper
Robert Blake
Willie Boy
Susan Clark
Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
Charles McGraw
Sheriff Frank Wilson
John Vernon
George Hacker
Shelly Novack
Johnny Finney
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Critic Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4)

  • A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance.

    May 1, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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].

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • What's so great about Willie Boy? Nothing.

    January 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The cynicism of Willie Boy is inorganic and self-consciously anti-romantic. The principals do not arise ingenuously from their environment, but seem set consciously upon it, like the clowns in Waiting For Godot.

    June 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

  • Sep 12, 2015
    There's not a lot of oomph is this turn of the century Western about a sheriff's territorial hunt for a runaway Indian couple plotwise: it's pretty cut and dried. So what remains is how the work is completed, and therein is the charm. All the lead's do well in this character study that becomes a chase movie, the actors given space to not explain every character nuance to us, the photography's decent, wide vistas of rugged Western canyons. The music's period appropriate, and though the point of it all is pretty much a liberal take on a conservative time we're not beaten over the head with it over much. Me likey. Kudos to Susan Clark as well, an unsung actor for the most part, allowed to shine.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    Affirmative.This is not your ordinary western.Long dialogue and stretching events,alongside with a political agenda of misdemeanors.And Willie in the middle.The goat.Furthermore,the finale seems a little bit of propaganda whether it be over a justified "party" or not,it still is considered a non-argumentative propaganda without evidence.The whole physical hunting is more than satisfying.Polonsky knew he wasn't fully charged but it's an entertaining film all in all.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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