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Title: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: cigar joe on January 27, 2006, 04:36:58 PM
Ok the first wave of Leone Westerns washed over America and Hollywood came out with this Western that was on TV the other day at the tag end of the TCM tribute to Shelly Winters.

Dri , Sidney Pollack, Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Ossie Davis, Shelly Winters, Dabney Coleman, Dan Vadis.

Trapper Joe Bass (Lancaster) has his furs stolen by Natives who trade him Joseph Lee (Davis) a slave that they stole from another Indian tribe. Bass & Lee chase after the Natives knowing that Bass's stock of whiskey will incapacitate the Natives and enable to them to take back the furs. About the time they are to carry out their plan a band of scalphunters lead by Jim Howie (Savalas) decend upon the drunk Natives and scalp almost all of them and taking Bass's furs. So begins the bulk of the films conflict between Bass & Savalas. The scalphunters travel in a caravan with their woman and the ongoing comedy battle of the sexes between Savalas and Kate (Shelly Winters) provides a good deal of comic relief.

Not very graphic in the brutality of the scalping by todays standards, the slavery issue is well handled and not too praechy and all in all more of a western played on the light side.

Most of the story takes place on the trail no town sets at all but lots of wagon camp scenes. Its a pedesrtian effort but entertaining.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: The Peacemaker on January 27, 2006, 05:07:39 PM
The Scalphunters is one of my favorite American Westerns. From Burt Lancaster's anti-hero gunfighter to the Spanish looking scenery, the Italian influence on the film is pretty obvious. Plus the movie makes a pretty strong anti-racial statement without falling victim to historical inaccuracy.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: titoli on January 27, 2006, 05:43:52 PM
I saw this at the theatre, in 1968. I remember quite well in what theatre and with whom (my cousins). Wonder why. I saw again the movie on tv in the '70's and '80's. Remember Savalas never dressed and emerging from a earth mound in the last scene, the funny duets between Lancaster and Davis, with the first teaching how to survive by natural resources. Very brilliant at the start  wasn't too convinced by how it developed. But maybe don't remember well.   One of the western I would like to see again.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: Banjo on August 15, 2006, 06:34:35 AM
Scalphunters is showing on Channel 5 in the UK on Sunday 20th August at 3.25pm.Thomas Weisser includes this movie in his list of American/Euro westerns heavily influenced by sw's so i'll be eagerly setting the video timer :)


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: Tim on August 15, 2006, 10:35:16 AM
  This was just part of Burt Lancaster Day on TCM last week.  Had seen it before but watched it again, and enjoyed it as much as ever.  Those top four in the cast are hard to beat, Lancaster, Savalas, Shelley Winters, and Ossie Davis. 

  The dialogue and fights between Lancaster and Davis are great, especially that last knock-down fight at the climax.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: tucumcari bound on August 18, 2007, 05:44:58 PM
I was just going to start a thread about "The Scalphunters" but came across this thankfully. I think I'm going to pick it up this weekend. I've been reading good things about it.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: Dust Devil on May 10, 2010, 04:55:28 PM
TS is, I think, as close as a (good) American Western can come to a Spaghetti one. 40 years later it isn't so fresh as it was when released, but the good vibe between the characters and the all in all sane humor makes it worth watching. The best approach is not take it too seriously, because it doesn't work properly that way. I first saw it some 10 years ago and was a bit disappointed, I was expecting something completely different... But now I can sit through it for that hour and a half without problem.

6.5 - 7 / 10


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on May 11, 2010, 09:07:53 AM
TS is, I think, as close as a (good) American Western can come to a Spaghetti one.

Still below "The Professionals" and "100 rifles", but pretty good in my opinion.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: Dust Devil on May 11, 2010, 09:52:54 AM
Still below "The Professionals" and "100 rifles", but pretty good in my opinion.

TP is better, I agree, but 100R is crap.


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on May 18, 2010, 09:02:47 PM
One thing I have always liked from The Scalphunters (other than the acting, the plot, etc) is Elmer Bernstein's excellent soundtrack.  It is amongst my favourites non-SW soundtracks, together with Major Dundee, The Magnificent Seven and The Professionals. O0


Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: Groggy on May 18, 2010, 09:27:35 PM
my favourites non-SW soundtracks, together with Major Dundee,

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Title: Re: The Scalphunters (1968)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on May 18, 2010, 09:37:03 PM
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Yep, I always liked Major Dundee's march, and I still do. Sorry.  ;)>:D