Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)

After being blacklisted from Hollywood for 21 years, writer/director Abraham Polonsky made a healthy comeback with Tell Them Willie Boy is Here. The title character, played by Robert Blake, is a Paiute Indian living in 1909 California.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 31, 1969
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A thoughtful, intelligent film that nearly makes up in style and conviction what it lacks in dramatic substance.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here is another one of the best American movies, and in its own way, equally idiomatic, evocative, and resourceful [as Force of Evil].

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's basically a Western chase film that openly serves liberal messages over the Indian-white conflict.

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Variety Staff

Redford's 'presence' is magnificent, always suggesting the classically-structured, powerful-but-weak American.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

A sense of clarity and austerity about the visuals lends potent emotional heft.

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Emanuel Levy

This socially conscious Western represents a major comeback for blacklisted writer-director Polonsky, who identifies with the film's message and gets strong performances from Redford as the sheriff and Robert Blake as the hunted man.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A powerful film, even though the script wears its liberal conscience on its sleeve (and further hedges its bets by casting nice Robert Redford as the sheriff), directed with austere authority in desert landcapes marvellously shot by Conrad Hall.

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TV Guide

A powerful drama masquerading as a western that promises slightly more than it is able to deliver.

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It deserved to be a hit, but the melancholy tone and downbeat ending prevented that.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's not a lot of oomph is this turn of the century Western about a sheriff's territorial hunt for a runaway Indian couple plotwise: it's… More
Dimitris Springer
Affirmative.This is not your ordinary western.Long dialogue and stretching events,alongside with a political agenda of misdemeanors.And Willie in the middle.The… More