Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1970. Cinema Center Films, Stockbridge-Hiller Productions. Screenplay by Calder Willingham, based on the novel by Thomas Berger. Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.. Produced by Stuart Millar. Music by John Paul Hammond. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins. Film Editing by Dede Allen. Academy Awards 1970. Golden Globe Awards 1970.
Glorious western by Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn. Dustin Hoffman plays the child of a prairie settler whose parents are killed by Natives and he and his sister are adopted into their tribe. Now over a hundred years old (great makeup on him too), Hoffman relays the story of his life to a historian who gets to hear all about his various adventures, as a member of the Cheyenne Indians, as a child of religion and as a travelling salesman among many others. Faye Dunaway is magnificent as a preacher’s wife who longs for a little lusty excitement; her eventual outcome is one of the funniest scenes in the film. Beautifully filmed, this movie has a magnificent scope and a terrific screenplay by Calder Willingham (Rambling Rose). Chief Dan George is marvelous as the Cheyenne’s chief and Hoffman’s closest confidante.