Buffalo Bill and the Indians | Chicago Reader

Buffalo Bill and the Indians

Buffalo Bill (Paul Newman) presides over a performance of his Wild West show, which becomes for director Robert Altman an opportunity to make a number of less-than-startling revelations: that the great western heroes were invented by eastern newspaper reporters, that greed played a large part in the opening of the west, that the Indians got a raw deal. The review format, intercut with demythicizing glimpses behind the scenes, aspires to a cynical Brechtian snappiness, but the drama is too thinly imagined, the meanings too familiar and heavily stated, for this 1976 film to gather any real interest. With Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Burt Lancaster, Harvey Keitel, Geraldine Chaplin, and the perennial voice of Native American moral authority, Will Sampson. PG, 123 min.

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