The White Buffalo

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The White Buffalo
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White Buffalo theatrical poster.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Richard Sale
Starring Charles Bronson
Jack Warden
Will Sampson
Kim Novak
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Paul Lohmann
Edited by Michael F. Anderson
Distributed by United Artists
Village Roadshow Pictures (Australia)
Release dates
  • May 6, 1977 (1977-05-06)
Running time
97 min.
Country United States
Language English

The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden, Slim Pickens, and Will Sampson.[1] The film is directed by J. Lee Thompson, who frequently teamed with Bronson. It was also the final film Bronson made for United Artists.

Plot[edit]

Wild Bill Hickok is haunted by his dreams of a giant white buffalo. So much that he travels the West to find the beast. Along the way, Hickok meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching the plains for the giant white buffalo, who has killed Crazy Horse's daughter. Hickok and Crazy Horse team up to kill the elusive buffalo.

Main cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Much of the film was shot on a sound-stage in Los Angeles with location shots in Colorado and New Mexico. For the buffalo scenes, producer Laurentiis hired Carlo Rambaldi to design an animatronic full-size bison that would slide around on tracks. This was based on his larger- scale work on their previous collaboration King Kong (1976). Actors Ed Lauter and David Roya were similarly involved in King Kong, along with composer John Barry.

Additional Notes[edit]

In the film, Wild Bill Hickok often wears dark glasses. There is a factual basis to this characterization. In 1876, Hickok was diagnosed by a doctor in Kansas City, Missouri, with glaucoma and 'ophthalmia'. Actually, he was probably afflicted with trachoma, a common vision disorder of the time.

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