The Scalphunters [Blu-ray]
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Directing great Sydney Pollack (Three Days of the Condor) delivers a rousing good show (The Film Daily) with this fast-paced western written by William Norton (White Lightning, Gator) with irresistible humor and delightful ironies (Motion Picture Herald). Starring screen legend Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) and Shelley Winters (Lolita) along with Telly Savalas (TV s Kojak) and Ossie Davis (Do the Right Thing). The Scalphunters is a lively, ribald and unpredictable pleasure which carries the western into new country (Los Angeles Times)! When trapper Joe Bass (Lancaster) is bush-wacked by Indians who steal his furs and leave him a runaway slave (Davis) in exchange he s determined to get his property back. But when the Indians are attacked by outlaws, Joe and his unwanted companion must join forces to retrieve the furs in a startling, action-packed journey that concludes with one of the all-time cinematic comeuppances (Citizen News). Co-starring Dabney Coleman (9 to 5).
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Maizie Lucille James
February 18, 2017
The direction by Sydney Pollack; the cinematography, featuring both mountain and desert locales; and the musical score composed by Elmer Bernstein are outstanding. Mr. Bernstein is renowned for his legendary score in the "The Magnificent Seven." Here, he once again captures the vibrant drive and energy of the sprawling American west. With due respect to Leonard Maltin, I think you will find this to be an enjoyable, if under-rated motion picture.
I saw this when I was a kid. I remembered it as great as McClintock. Kids don't have good memories. It's nowhere near as good as that movie. But it is still a very good western.
Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster) is a trapper. His furs are stolen from him by the Indians. They give him a slave to make up for it. Except he doesn't want the slave, he wants his furs. He follows the Indians, only to see them massacred and his furs stolen by someone new.
He stays on the new people's trail. He's still stuck with his new slave, who is a great deal more educated than Joe himself. The constant friction between Joe and his slave is a riot. Joe's stubborness about letting go of his furs is just as much fun.
It's not as good as I remembered, but I'm still glad I bought it. I love funny westerns like this.