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: 6.1
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)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that was a confusing moment for me, too.

The scenes are disjointed.

The dialogue is bland.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

There is no story.

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

Great idea, but too much of a yawn fest .

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.

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

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.

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

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

Tedious arty Western; thoroughly UNentertaining .

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.

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

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

There is no plot that I could discern .

Confused, over-ambitious, but fascinating nonetheless .