Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
"Truth is whatever gets the loudest applause." Debunking western myths even more than he did in McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) sardonically explores the gap between western history and legend in show biz-obsessed America. Megalomaniac "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Paul Newman) assumes the legend created for him by writer Ned Buntline (Burt Lancaster), aided and abetted by his producer (Joel Grey) and his publicist (Kevin McCarthy), perpetuating myths of white triumph over savage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a sometimes self-indulgent, confused, ambitious movie that is often very funny and always fascinating."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Scabrous revues of myopic mythology"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Minor Robert Altman"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Altman and crew have done the necessary reorganizing and reediting on Buffalo Bill and have created a terrific movie out of the troubled dust of what was. The first time I saw the movie in New York, it was explicit, contrived, and needed a lot of help."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"Altman at his perverse best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"While not one of Altman's strongest films, this cynical tale merits a look as a meditation on American history, mythmaking, and showbusiness"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Newman's inspired performance is top-notch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Explores the interface between heroes, hypocrisy, and illusion....What kind of America has been passed on to us by historians?"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice