Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

"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)… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 24, 1976
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a sometimes self-indulgent, confused, ambitious movie that is often very funny and always fascinating.

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Fernando F. Croce

Scabrous revues of myopic mythology

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Minor Robert Altman

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tony Macklin

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Altman at his perverse best.

Emanuel Levy

While not one of Altman's strongest films, this cynical tale merits a look as a meditation on American history, mythmaking, and showbusiness

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Newman's inspired performance is top-notch.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Explores the interface between heroes, hypocrisy, and illusion....What kind of America has been passed on to us by historians?

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A simple, minor, funny and entretaining piece of art.
Sean Gillespie
In the same off-beat comedy style as Robert Altman's M*A*S*H*.
Graham Jones
Though a minor work, Newman is hilarious in the role and Altman paints another vivid picture.
Ashton R.
I'm starting to really like Robert Altman films. He has a certain way of making usually boring characters and/or topics really interesting. This flick was… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Buffalo Bill and the Indians" is about the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1885. Buffalo Bill Cody(Paul Newman) has just signed… More