White Buffalo (1977)
Directors: J. Lee Thompson
Screenplay: Richard Sale based on his novel The White Buffalo
Starring: Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Stuart Whitman, Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Ed Lauter and Martin Kove
Tagline: Two legendary enemies unite to fight the charging white beast!!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Wild Bill Hickcock (Bronson) tormented by dreams of being killed by a giant white buffalo, heads west to face his fears. While on the hunt for the beast, Hickcock meets Chief Crazy Horse (Sampson) who also wants to kill the creature. Although natural enemies, Hickcock and Crazy Horse slowly develop a mutual respect as they attempt to track and kill the monster.
While Hickcock did wear his guns in a sash, sunglasses weren’t invented until decades later and look so out of place in Bronson’s characterization. The White Buffalo is a giant creature that works best, and is almost hypnotizing in dream sequences. In the final scenes (where Sampson has jumped on it’s back), the buffalo looks silly. The most fun in the film is seeing star cameos by Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Stuart Whitman, Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Ed Lauter and Martin Kove.
White White Buffalo earns 3 of 5 stars.