Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (Region A Blu-ray)

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Description

After Paiute Indian Willie Boy (Robert Blake) kills his lover, Lola's (Katharine Ross), disapproving father in self-defense on their early-1900s California reservation, he claims her as his wife, per tribal custom. Local lawman Christopher Cooper (Robert Redford) leads a manhunt that serves as a metaphor for the conflict between Native Americans and settlers. Thought-provoking western drama based on a true story co-stars Susan Clark, Barry Sullivan, John Vernon.

Product Details

Barcode
738329234058
Department
Movies & TV
Released
2 Jan 2019
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Westerns
Region
Region A
Studio
Kino International
Runtime
98 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Tell Them Willie Boy is Here
Release Year
1969
Running Time
98 min
Categories
Westerns / Indians / Race Relations / Theatrical Release / True Story
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Ratings
IMDb
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes®
73%
The Movie DB
56%
Overview
While confronting the disapproving father of his girlfriend Lola, Native American man Willie Boy kills the man in self-defense, triggering a massive manhunt, led by Deputy Sheriff Christopher Cooper.
Synopsis
Willie Boy, a Piute Indian (Robert Blake) who kills a man in self-defense, becomes a fugitive from the law. With a massive manhunt gathering on his trail (led by Robert Redford as the sherriff), he in turn is forced into becoming the stereotypical image of the Native American "savage" that led his accusers to naturally assume he was guilty of the crime. This stylish, modern, and critically acclaimed Western with a social conscience marked writer/director Abraham Polonsky's return to film after having been blacklisted in the 1950s during the McCarthy witch hunts. Cinematography is by Academy Award winner Conrad Hall (AMERICAN BEAUTY (2000)).
Notes
Appreciation is expressed to the Indian peoples of: Pechanga, Morongo, Los Coyotes, Soboba, Agua, Caliente, Torres, Martinez.

Shot in Technicolor and Panavision.

Rest of the cast: John Wheeler: Newman; Eric Holland: Digger; Gary Walberg: Dr. Mills; Jerry Velasco: Chino; George Tyne: LeMarle; Lee DeBroux: Meathead; Wayne Sutherlin: Harry; Jerome Raphel: Salesman; Lou Frizzell: Station Agent.

Originally rated MPAA M (Mature Audiences); re-rated PG in 1975.

First feature film by former-blacklisted writer/director Abraham Polonsky in 20 years.

Copyright 1970 Universal Pictures.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Historian Jim Healy
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Widescreen - 2.35
Audio:
  • DTS - English
  • Subtitles - English
Poster
Poster for Tell Them Willie Boy is Here
Videos
Trailer
Tell Them Wille Boy Is Here Trailer
Cast & Crew
Director
Abraham Polonsky
Star
Robert Redford / Charles Aidman / Robert Blake / Susan Clark / Charles McGraw / Katharine Ross / Barry Sullivan / John Vernon
Co-Star
Shelly Novack / Robert Lipton
Screenwriter
Abraham Polonsky
Source Writer
Harry Lawton
Composer
Dave Grusin
Producer
Jennings Lang / Philip A. Waxman
Director of Photography
Conrad L. Hall
Editor
Melvin Shapiro
Production Designer
Alexander Golitzen
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Writer
Abraham Polonsky