The Scalphunters (1968) - Comedy, Western

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Forced to trade his valuable furs for a well-educated escaped slave, a rugged trapper vows to recover the pelts from the Indians and later the renegades that killed them.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 3 out of 38 found boring (7.89%)

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Lancaster, while a thoughtless jerk is also a pretty exciting action hero at times in the film.

Quite intoxicating, funny, exciting, educating, humane (and circular!

The acting is brilliant, the picture is fast, thrilling and very comical.

Nortons' script is generally engaging, with some witty dialogue here and there.

The film is truly enjoyable and a good example of what men can accomplish when they work together.

This is a pretty good movie that is worth watching.

Lively and rousing musical score by the maestro Elmer Bernstein composing one of his best soundtrack .

Bass and a reluctant Lee pursue the Indians but, through a twist of fate, Bass' furs fall into the hands of scalp hunters led by Jim Howie (the always engaging Telly Savalas), a burly ruffian henpecked by his prostitute-girlfriend Kate (a fussy, cigar-chewing Shelley Winters).

Slowly paced, subtle comedy .

If you happen to be alive and watching films in the late 60s, you'd be immersed in a period richer than anything we have seen since, I think.

The story is entertaining, the performances are excellent, and the locales are beautiful.

In the same key, when the comedy sublimates into action, the action scenes tend to be pretty snappy.

Amazingly enough my 13 year old son sat through it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sydney Pollack's "The Scalphunters" is a briskly-paced, revisionist Western with an entertaining script and equally entertaining performances by a strong cast.

This is a memorable classic that addresses race relations, injustices against native Americans, the corrupting influences of property, and the drama of the West in an entertaining way.

This unique very entertaining film is, in part, a traditional Western, with several skirmishes involving "Indians", a gang of outlaws, and a lone trapper, who comes to grief from both.

This was such an intense and horrifying scene that I didn't realize until half way through the movie is actually a comedy.

The closing image with Bass and Lee riding not only the same, but also the only (and very smart) horse they have, makes a powerful statement about what our common circumstances are, and how pointless racial strife truly is.

With the cast on fine form and Bernstein scoring it with trademark robustness, it rounds out as a hugely enjoyable Western.

Shelly Winters is along for the ride too, in an even more pointless role as his floozy.

Wildly entertaining western romp with the still athletic Lancaster (as a frontier trapper) and Davis (as runaway slave) reluctantly teamed against a band of bandits led by Savalas.

Pollack directed the film with a sense of humor unexpected in the genre… .

" It's a Pollack picture, so it's genial, good-natured, entertaining, and only a little improbable, and the good guys endure to fight another day.

Visually striking but odd and unsatisfying western that suffers from long stretches of boredom and not being able to decide if it's a comedy or a serious action film.

Entertaining parody on race relations in pre-Civil War West.

It also features Telly Savalas as one of the more pointless villains in western cinema, though he does turn in a watchable performance with what little he was given.

Enjoyable as well as amiable screenplay by William Norton , it is exciting enough and glosses both the interdependence among protagonists and their racial antagonism .

(You have to imagine that in those days it was commonly accepted that the black "man" had — by dint of intense perseverance — finally achieved a place at the table.

While involved in an evil and pointless profession, Savalas shows his signs of civility, treating Winters with respect and love, although an edited sequence indicates that at one point, he gives her a black eye.

Telly Savalis, Shelly Winters, and Ossie Davis are all enjoyable, if a bit campy, as a Kansas bank robber, a star-gazing strumpet, and a Latin-quoting runaway respectively.

The Scalphunters is a rare treat that didn't eat up the box office in 1968, but whose critical anointment by Judith Christ as one of the "most entertaining" Westerns of that year began to set it apart as a classic.

It is a delight to see the distinguished gentleman Davis embrace the more comedic aspects to his character, and there's a lot of entertaining sparring between the two Joes (with Lancaster showing himself to not really be all THAT enlightened).

Overall, this film is reasonably exciting at times, even if it's not destined to be a classic.

It's an entertaining story with a touch of peculiarity , some great characters , a colorful cinematography , an amazing music and is funny enough .