The Scalphunters
The Scalphunters (1968)

Burt Lancaster is a fur trapper who teams with an educated runaway-slave (Ossie Davis) in a battle against some marauding white scalp hunters (led by Telly Savalas) and some pelt-stealing Indians. Shelley Winters appears as a wagon-train… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 2, 1968
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

A comical western with more than a hint of social satire.

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Time Out

An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot.

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Brian Orndorf

Navigating the movie's period attitude is relatively easy, but finding its sense of humor takes some work.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... never funny enough or Western enough or politically incisive enough to impress.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

While the individual incidents are familiar, they are played with gusto by Lancaster and Davis.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a seriously misguided and hopelessly dated endeavor that's best left forgotten.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Semi comic western offset by a little too much violence. Shelley Winters is amusing as a shady lady who rolls with the punches and Burt Lancaster and a very… More