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

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

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Director: Robert Altman,

Cast: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy

 

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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)

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Exploring thematic terrain similar to Nashville (1975), Robert Altman and co-writer Alan Rudolph turn Arthur Kopit's play Indians into a blunt indictment of contemporary pop culture and the fallacies of western pop history. The star may perpetuate lies to sell tickets, but the audience buys those tickets and worships the star's "heroic" image, guaranteeing that the lies, and their legacy of Native American abuse, will endure. Altman denies a similar star- worshipping satisfaction to his movie audience, obscuring his own star with facial hair and few close shots (as he did with Warren Beatty in McCabe and Mrs. Miller), even as Paul Newman's presence also lends Buffalo Bill "star quality." Audiences and critics did not look kindly on Altman's schematic critique, ensuring that Buffalo Bill and the Indians' ironic view of American history-making was little seen in its Bicentennial year release.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
UPC:
0738329141325
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
29,653

Special Features

"From the Prairie to the Palace" original featurette; Original theatrical trailer; Teaser trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman William F. Cody
Joel Grey Nate Salibury
Kevin McCarthy Maj. John Burke
Harvey Keitel Ed Goodman
Allan Nicholls Prentiss Ingraham
Geraldine Chaplin Annie Oakley
John Considine Frank Butler
Will Sampson William Halsey
Burt Lancaster Ned Buntline
Robert DoQui Oswald Dart
Mike E. Kaplan Jules Keen
Bert Remsen Crutch
Denver Pyle McLaughlin
Noelle Rogers Lucille DuCharme
Evelyn Lear Nina Cavalini
Pat McCormick Grover Cleveland
Shelley Duvall Mrs. Cleveland
Michael J. Kaplan The Treasurer
Bonnie Leaders Margaret
Alex Green Whip & Fast Draw Act

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Appleton Editor
Richard Baskin Score Composer
Bob Eggenweiler Associate Producer
Dennis M. Hill Editor
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
Tony Masters Production Designer
Jack Maxsted Art Director
Chris McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Rudolph Screenwriter
David Susskind Executive Producer
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [13:16]
3. Chapter 3 [12:47]
4. Chapter 4 [14:14]
5. Chapter 5 [22:54]
6. Chapter 6 [7:56]
7. Chapter 7 [13:15]
8. Chapter 8 [17:59]
9. Chapter 9 [21:00]

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