Monday, August 23, 2010
The White Buffalo (1977)
I really like the art of 1970s movie posters because there is a quality to the illustration that just isn't seen in modern movie posters which carries with it an undeniable cool. After seeing this poster about 6 months ago, I knew I needed to see it, based solely on the poster, the bonus being Charles Bronson's appearance. As I started to dig more into the movie, I found out that beyond a great movie poster, it also had a perfectly anachronistic plot: Wild Bill Hickock and Crazy Horse join forces to hunt down a great white buffalo. I was hooked.
I tracked the movie down and held off on watching it for a few weeks, salivating in anticipation. Anyways, I got around to watching it, it was alright. I mean there weren't a lot of the kind of visuals one expects from a western, not too many great expansive shots of the countryside. There were a few cool gunfights, a few interesting side plots that end up getting tied up at the end and Charles Bronson being perfectly Charles Bronson-y. The buffalo was a bit of a disappointment, but I guess it WAS made in 1977. It's a quick watch at around 90 minutes as well. I'd give it a pretty solid 75/100, 95/100 for the movie poster on its own.
I was expecting to get a lot of cool screenshots from this movie but it didn't really happen like that. Here are the highlights:
Bronson in front of a giant pile of bones.
Bonus GIF of Bronson I made with the movie.