The Scalphunters

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An amiable enough liberal comedy Western, with colour-coded cultural conflict worked through an ironic circular plot. Lancaster's trapper is forcibly traded an ex-slave (Davis) for his pelts by an Indian band, after which the pair set off in uneasy alliance and in pursuit as the pelts are in turn appropriated by a gang of scalphunters. William Norton's script glosses both the racial antagonism and interdependence with a thankfully light hand; Pollack gets in some backwoods practice for the later mythologisation of Jeremiah Johnson. PT.

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Duration: 103 mins

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Director: Sydney Pollack
Screenwriter: William Norton
Cast: Burt Lancaster
Ossie Davis
Telly Savalas
Shelley Winters
Armando Silvestre
Dan Vadis
Dabney Coleman
Nick Cravat
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