28 October 2009 | ma-cortes
Charles Bronson - Will Bill Hickok confronts a giant buffalo that is making a cruel carnage
This rare but intriguing western deals about Will Bill Hickok ( Charles Bronson)who suffers several nightmares about an enormous white buffalo. Will Hickok join forces with Indian chief, Crazy Horse, previous to Little Big Horn battle, ( here also named Worm and well played by Will Sampson)and a rifleman named Zane (Jack Warden) to track down a breathtaking white buffalo in the Black Hills. Hickok holds a dodgy obsession with the mythical animal until a spectacular final duel.
This strange picture packs action Western, thrills, chills, tension, violence and semi-surreal outdoors. The highlights of the movie are the impressive mountain of bones and the buffalo attacks with the victims running afoul that deliver the excitement. Packs something of 'Moby Dick' issue with the obstinate fight of a man to chase his prey. Other reviewers say that the white buffalo represents the fear to mortality. Features good performances from trio protagonist, Bronson, Sampson and Warden. Ample plethora of veteran secondaries as Slim Pickens as stagecoach conductor, Stuart Whitman as passenger , Clint Walker as gunfighter, Douglas Fowley as train conductor and also narrator , besides John Carradine . Other supporting cast in minor roles are Ed Lauter, Martin Kove and of course Kim Novak in a special appearance. Although much is filmed in studio, the freezing frontiers, filthy towns and snowy locations are shot in Bronson Canyon Los Angeles, Chana New Mexico and Canon City, Colorado. Appropriate and atmospheric musical score by the classic John Barry.
The picture is produced in average budget by Dino De Laurentis who made a trilogy with giant beasts (King Kong, Orca, White buffalo) and creatures design by Carlo Rambaldi (E.T.). The film is professionally directed by J. Lee Thomson who directed good Western ( McKenna gold) and all king genres as Sci-Fi (Conquest and Battle of planet of apes), terror (reincarnation of Peter Proud, Eye of the devil), adventures (King of the sun, Taras Bulba) and Warlike ( Guns of Navarone, Von Braun). J. Lee Thomson working from the 50s in England, finished his career making Chuck Norris (Firewalker) and Charles Bronson vehicles (Evil that men do, Messenger of death, Death Wish 4 : Crackdown, Caboblanco, St Ives). Watchable results for this outlandish Western.