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Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - Digitally Remastered [DVD]

Robert Redford , Katharine Ross , Abraham Polonsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Robert Blake, Susan Clark
  • Directors: Abraham Polonsky
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9JOCM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Deputy Sheriff Coop (Robert Redford) is the son of a revered Indian scalper who fought in the Indian wars. But now they are over, Coop s job is to stop any Indians from getting liquored up and causing trouble on the settlements. Having to take orders from Dr Elizabeth Arnold (Susan Clark), who is in charge of the Indian s welfare, riles with Coop s masculinity, and their tempestuous relationship descends into sexual frustrations. But when a quarrelsome Indian, Willie Boy (Robert Blake), kills his lover s father and runs away with her, Coop has to gather together a posse to hunt Willie Boy across the desert to a showdown at Ruby Mountain. Based on a true event in 1909, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here is the story of the one the last Western manhunts by posse and was voted one of the ten best films of 1969. It also marked a successful return to directing by Abraham Polonsky, one of the original Hollywood Ten who had been blacklisted for eighteen years for un-American activities . The script was written by Polonsky and its manhunt is often seen as a metaphor for the persecution of outsiders by the wider society. That Robert Blake (Willie Boy) was also pursued for murder in real life is one of those coincidences that blur the distinction between Hollywood and real life. SPECIAL FEATURES: 'The Outlaw Trial' with Robert Redford - 1978, 'The South Bank Show: Robert Redford's Sundance Institute - 1989, Stills Gallery, Theatrical Trailer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The West's Last Manhunt. 16 Dec 2011
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Made in the same year that Robert Redford and his co star Katherine Ross made "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" this film tends to get forgotten, which is a pity because it is an interesting and unusual film. Perhaps most notable for being only the second film directed by Abraham Polonsky after 21 years in the wilderness following his 1948 debut film "Force of Evil". Polonsky refused to comment on whether or not he was a communist during the McCarthy trials. Admittedly the film is a child of its time with its liberal views which echo the times, but is none the less well worth watching today.

The film is based on the story of a real life Californian man hunt which took place in 1909. Robert Blake plays the Paiute Indian of the title who returns to his reservation after disillusionment in the white mans world. Not long after returning he is forced to go on the run after shooting his prospective father in law who catches him `in flagrante' with his pretty daughter played by Katherine Ross. The two lovers attempt to evade the man hunt led by local Sheriff Cooper played by Robert Redford, which takes place over the very same boulder strewn terrain where the real life hunt took place.

The film like "Soldier Blue" made around the same time, takes up the `tragedy of the native American' but with a little more subtlety than that film. In this one it is the insidious racism, civilising influences and cheap whisky that point towards the red man's downfall. Given the problems of alcohol abuse among native Americans to this day, there is some justification for this! The cinematography by Conrad Hall is stunning making full use of the majestic Californian vistas. The closing scenes are particularly impressive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Manhunt! 13 Nov 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here is directed by Abraham Polonsky who also adapts the screenplay from the novel Willie Boy: A Desert Manhunt written by Harry Lawton. It stars Robert Redford, Robert Blake, Katharine Ross and Susan Clark. A Technicolor/Panavision production, it has music by Dave Grusin and cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.

"In the summer of 1909 a member of the oldest American minority, a Paiute Indian named Willie Boy, became the center of an extraordinary historical event. This is what happened in the deserts of California."

It's a very intense and captivating movie, sad even, while it is well performed by the boys up top, beautifully photographed and boosted tonally by a haunting musical score that takes its heart from Jerry Goldsmith's score for Planet of the Apes, yet there's just something too Hollywood about it that stops it breaking through into a film worthy of the subject matter.

Problem in the main is that in trying to tune into the coolness of Robert Redford, and he is very smooth here, the focus of the film is more on Redford's Sheriff Cooper than it is Robert Blake's Willie Boy. Oh for sure the Willie Boy axis, as he goes on the run with his Indian girlfriend Lola (Ross unconvincing in race terms but emotionally impressive), is explored, but it's Cooper's movie and that just can't be right. The actual facts of the manhunt and its key areas have been cloaked in grey over the years, so the film makers stick rigidly to one of the stories told while dripping liberal messages in and out of the narrative. It's often a fascinating movie with its changing of the times pulse beat, but as much as I was glad I watched the picture, an overriding sense of unfulfillment still leaves me frustrated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tell them Willie Boy is here 7 Jan 2014
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Nice little film and worth getting the dgitally remastered version Good to obtain in it;s widescewwn version Worth a visit
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