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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson
Directed by Robert Altman • 1976 • United States
Starring Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy
Robert Altman directs a dynamic ensemble cast—including Paul Newman, Geraldine Chaplin, Harvey Keitel, Burt Lancaster, and Shelley Duvall—in this subversive revisionist western. Although Buffalo Bill (Newman) has fought Native Americans and Civil War battles, nothing can prepare him for show business. His Wild West Show is hugely popular, but when he signs former enemy Chief Sitting Bull for a featured role, a hysterical clash of cultures reverberates far beyond the boundaries of their sprawling outdoor theater.