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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Largely forgotten western starring Charles Bronson.

Very odd film with Bronson as Wild Bill Hickcock, a haunted and dying man who has come to kill a mysterious creature he knows exists as it lives in his dreams.

He is joined by Charlie Zane (Jack Warden) and a grieving Indian named Crazy Horse (Will Sampson). The creature they all seek is a legendary white buffalo. A huge beast that Hickcock wants to kill to end his nightmares and Crazy Horse needs to kill and wrap the body of his dead son in it's pelt so his soul can rest in peace.

This is one bizarre film, but it is excellent in it's presentation as an allegorical western. I saw this twice a night for a week when it came out in 1977 and loved it and hadn't seen it until just a few day ago on Blu-ray. I had forgotten most of it and enjoyed seeing it again.

This is a hard film to slap into any category.I call it a western, but it is much more than that. There are some great scenes in this movie and all the leads are very good. Although I was, like I am now, a huge movie fan,this was my first real introduction to Kim Novak. I knew of her, but since we didn't have TV I never got to see her movies until much later. She is simply stunning in this film.

I can recommend this film but must warn you it fits into no genre very well. The supporting cast includes Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman, Clint Walker, Douglas Fowley and Martin Kove.

The Blu-ray is a welcome addition to my collection, and if you get to see it I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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