The White Buffalo

  • 1977
  • 1 HR 37 MIN
  • PG
  • Western

His sleep shattered by dreams of a gigantic albino buffalo, Bronson adopts the alias Wild Bill Hickock and returns to the West, where he falls in with a number of cute character cameos and with Sampson as Chief Crazy Horse. The latter's small daughter has been killed by the buffalo, and Sampson seeks revenge. He and Bronson pursue the legendary white beast...read more

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His sleep shattered by dreams of a gigantic albino buffalo, Bronson adopts the alias Wild Bill Hickock and returns to the West, where he falls in with a number of cute character cameos and with Sampson as Chief Crazy Horse. The latter's small daughter has been killed by the buffalo, and

Sampson seeks revenge. He and Bronson pursue the legendary white beast to the accompaniment of much specious philosophizing in this westernization of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. Bronson appears to have the Queequeg role to Sampson's Captain Ahab; the latter actually kills the beast with his

knife when Bronson's rifle freezes during its terminal charge. Barring two made-for-TV films, this was Novak's first Hollywood feature in eight years; in the interim, she acquired an extra chin. Executive producer Dino De Laurentiis reportedly sank $5 million into this chip off the old buffalo.

Not exactly confident about its reception, the producers released it in "test engagements," withholding it from formal review. Generally regarded as Bronson's worst picture to date.

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