The Scalphunters
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For his third feature outing, director Sydney Pollack helmed this comedic western starring (Burt Lancaster) as fur trapper Joe Bass. While heading for the trading post for his pay after a successful hunting season, Bass runs into a band of Kiowa Indians, who offer to trade the educated slave Joseph (Ozzie Davis) for Bass's furs. Severely outnumbered, the uneducated Bass reluctantly agrees to the swap at gunpoint. Bass and Joseph then follow the Indians in hopes of retrieving the furs. Along the way, the Indians meet up with Jim Howie (Telly Savalas), who not only steals the furs from the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lancaster and Davis work particularly well together, ditto Savalas and Winters. There are talky periods of slow pace, but they are terminated before undue damage has been done."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Some movies are masterpieces, and most movies are not, and sometimes you get a movie that can best be described as 'interesting.' By that I mean it falls short of excellence but nevertheless has something that makes it worth seeing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"... never funny enough or Western enough or politically incisive enough to impress."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot."
‑ , Time Out
"...a seriously misguided and hopelessly dated endeavor that's best left forgotten."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Working on several levels, the film is entertaining as an outdoor adventure, a study in character and a movie with an explicit, but never heavy-handed, message."
‑ , Film4
"While the individual incidents are familiar, they are played with gusto by Lancaster and Davis."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"A comical western with more than a hint of social satire."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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