Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) - Comedy, Western

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A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Paul Newman, Joel Grey
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 39 found boring (23.07%)

One-line Reviews (37)

Newman delivers his lines admirably, and, for such a consummate professional is not inconvenienced by the fact that the movie misfires, but it's too slow in places.

rodeo stunts) they can't save the flick from being an arty, pretentious, tiresome bomb.

There is no plot that I could discern .

There is a lot of dull time where one is just yawning and wondering when this movie will start going somewhere.

What defined these movies was a great and engaging script that kept the audience involved for the entire film.

There is no story.

Tedious arty Western; thoroughly UNentertaining .

This movie is certainly worth watching if you're an Altman fan, or a fan of revisionist Westerns.

And whilst Gerladine Chaplin is highly watchable as Annie Oakley, with her breathtaking shooting skills ready to go wrong at any minute, there is little to engage the viewer here and it doesn't rise above the mediocre.

In this film, the recreation of the mise-en-scene is what counts, such as the Buffalo Bill show with its fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses and the off-stage characterizations with players like Harvey Keitel and Joel Grey milling around.

It was hard to determine whether they were awed by the beauty of her voice or bored.

Confused, over-ambitious, but fascinating nonetheless .

Then when it comes time to do the 'stunt' in front of President Cleveland, she shoots her partner right through the shoulder, with it (mostly) being passed off like nothing happened.

Nevertheless, the long episode involving President Cleveland's visit is the most entertaining in the movie.

The dialogue is bland.

Not your average Western, but more subtly entertaining than most.

And that was a confusing moment for me, too.

It's very entertaining and especially very funny at times.

Still, it's Altman, which means it's well-made, entertaining and beautiful to look at.

Most of his films have fairly slow paces which can sometimes be enjoyable and can other times be challenging; however, my initial reaction to the pace of this film was incredibly tedious, boring, and *really* tried my patience to the point where it was not an enjoyable experience in any way.

Though towards the end it betrays its theatre origins with some talky excess, I found Buffalo Bill colorful, entertaining and unusually satisfying

It is quite possible the point was that this town in the prairie had basically become filled with bored, opportunistic townies who sought significance even if it was tormenting someone by hanging him up on a rope and swinging him like a baby.

Altman's take on the history of the Old West, subtly entertaining .

The reason why Buffalo Bill sustained an enduring popularity was because he really did have a background that was colorful and exciting.

A two-hour extravaganza, "Buffalo Bill" stars Paul Newman as Bill and makes its points about how show business and American mythmaking became one with repetitive, haymaker swings.

Great idea, but too much of a yawn fest .

A scattered and occasionally boring film by normal Wild West standards, this film makes up for that in the way it exposes the mania, arrogant brutality and pathetic emptiness of American cowboy myths.

While the Wild West circus elicits some entertaining moments (e.

This is probably a bad review, which is understandable, as I pretty much stared at the TV half-asleep the entire time due to boredom (I had to watch it, though, for school).

It's confused and often flounders under the weight of its own ambition, but nevertheless this is always fascinating stuff.

The scenes are disjointed.

At one point Buffalo Bill parries an aphorism Sitting Bull is using to indicate the conditions under which he will stay with one that Bill immediately tells his crew was giving Bull back some of his own confusing mumbo-jumbo.

Buffalo Bill must have been a very handsome and engaging man in real life.

This is a confusing and complex movie, alternately very subtle and prone to brash sometimes annoying running gags (the mezzos singing in the background are particularly cloying) and it is no surprise that people didn't know what to think of it.

The performances are great (as per usual when Altman is at the helm) and the movie is entertaining enough on its own merits.

I found the story ponderous and the cinematography rather difficult to handle.

Um, don't watch it unless you like really, really boring films.