Buffalo Rider

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Buffalo Rider
Buffalo Rider poster.jpg
Directed byJohn Fabian
George Lauris
Dick Robinson
Produced byDick Robinson
Written byMollie Gregory
StarringRick Guinn
Narrated byC. Lindsay Workman
Music byAl Capps
CinematographyBill Farmer
George Griner
Greg McKay
Edited byJohn Fabian
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
CountryUnited States

Buffalo Rider is a 1978 action film directed by John Fabian, George Lauris, and Dick Robinson.


Buffalo Rider is an extremely fictionalized telling of the life of Buffalo Jones, with Rick Guinn playing the role of Jones. Instead of being a rancher and conservationist, Jones is depicted as a loner who tames and rides a buffalo and hunts down murderous buffalo hunters.


The film has received negative reviews. Chris Higgins of Mental floss wrote that "given all the animal 'stunts' (including what sure looks like actually shooting buffalo and various cross-species animal fights) it wouldn't pass muster today. The movie itself is a bit sub par, featuring an extreme over-reliance on narration and a sort of meandering documentary-ish treatment with some buffalo-related dramatic elements tossed in."[1] The film was featured in a Gizmodo article of "the weirdest thing on the internet tonight" where Andrew Tarantola wrote, "Enjoy the heartwarming tale of a man, conveniently named Buffalo Jones, and his buffallo, named Buffalo. No wait. Its name is Samson, because that's so much more original. Whatever you call them, the two chum around the American frontier, saving babies and stuff for an hour and a half (even though the script was apparently only about 15 pages long)."[2]

On November 22, 2011, the film was released as a video on demand from RiffTrax. This edition of the film features a satirical commentary done by comedians and actors Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2011, the Austin-based band The Possum Posse created "Guy on a Buffalo", a narrated song set to clips from the movie Buffalo Rider.[4]


  1. ^ Higgins, Chris. "The Late Movies: Guy on a Buffalo". Mental floss. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  2. ^ Tarantola, Andrew. "The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: Buffalo Rider". Gizmodo. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ "RiffTrax!". RiffTrax. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhumphrey/2011/10/24/a-chat-with-the-guy-behind-guy-on-a-buffalo/3/

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