Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
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as Christopher Cooper
as Willie Boy
as Liz Arnold
as Frank Wilson
as Dr. Mills
as Le Marie
as Station Agent
as Sam Wood
as Johnny Hyde
as Old Mike
as Fake Indian
as 1st Committee Man
as 1st Escort
as 3rd Man
Critic Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance.
Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American.
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.
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].
A sense of clarity and austerity about the visuals lends potent emotional heft.
A powerful drama masquerading as a western that promises slightly more than it is able to deliver.
Audience Reviews for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
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.
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
Based on a true story of the West, for a change. Thanks to the thoughtful screenplay and excellent direction by Abraham Polonsky, "Willie Boy" is an exciting western chase story, but much more importantly, one of the few major Hollywood films that has ever delt sensitively with the question of the American white man's treatment of the American indian. A young Sheriff Robert Redford, 1909, is hunting down a young American indian (well played by Robert Blake). An absorbing drama by a blacklisted Hollywood director. One of two Westerns made in 1969 to co-star Robert Redford and Katharine Ross, the other being Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This one, unfortunately, may be hard to find in your library for loan. It goes for $15 on amazon.com Cast Robert Redford as Deputy Sheriff Christopher 'Coop' Cooper Katharine Ross as Lola Robert Blake as Willie Boy Susan Clark as Dr. Elizabeth Arnold Barry Sullivan as Ray Calvert John Vernon as George Hacker Charles Aidman as Judge Benby Charles McGraw as Sheriff Frank Wilson Shelly Novack as Johnny Finney Robert Lipton as Charlie Newcombe Lloyd Gough as Dexter Ned Romero as Tom John Wheeler as Newman Erik Holland as Digger (as Eric Holland) Garry Walberg as Dr. Mills
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