The Scalphunters

Synopsis: Trapper Joe is on his way to the town with all of his gain of hides of the last winter. However a group of Indians stops him and takes all of his hides, leaving him the escaped slave Joseph instead. But Joe has no use for Joseph and is determined to get his property back and follows them. Before he can do anything, the Indians are raided themselves by a group of scalphunters under the greedy Howie. Not only the hides, but also Joseph falls into their hands. Now Joe follows them alone and tries to trick the numerical superior group out of his hides.
Genre: Comedy, Western
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

the image of my packhorse and fur pelts.

- I'd take good care of 'em, wouldn't I?

- Yes, sir.

They're a valuable

wholesale or retail commodity.

You wouldn't be thinking of

grabbing those reins and running off?

I doubt it, sir.

- You doubt it?

- I'm not sure of the directions.

I haven't any food and, as a Comanche,

I might run into those Kiowas again.


You hear that? Two Crows and his boys

are in that gully having a hell of a time.

You just sit here and rest

for about five minutes while I take a look.

Pick 'em up.

- I've decided what I'm gonna do with you.

- Sell me to Egypt.

I'm gonna sell you in St Louis. You'll retail

for about 15 mules and 10 bales of cotton.

- Yes, sir.

- Don't try to run. You can't get nowhere.

- Yes, sir.

- And shut up.

Yes, sir.


Well, Mr Bass, there they are. Co get 'em.

Just like that?

I'd say they're considerably

under the influence.

- You ever fight 12 drunk Indians?

- No, sir. But I'd like to see it done.

As a Comanche,

what I'd do is run off their horses.

You're an African Comanche.

But you're right.

- You see that brush?

- Yes, sir.

- I want you to get down there.

- Right now, sir?

When it gets dark.

That's mesquite. It'll burn.

- I want you to start a fire.

- What'll you do, sir?

When they go for the fire,

I'll stampede their horses.

They'll be so drunk, I'll get my packhorse

and furs and be gone.

- Can I say something, Mr Bass?

- What is it?

If you're gonna sell me back into being

a runaway slave, do it all yourself.

Of course, if you help me get to Mexico,

then maybe I'll help you.

Joseph Lee, I expect that someday

you'll be president of the Bank of Omaha.

But right now you're going down there

and do as I tell you.

Or I'll skin your black carcass.

Cet my rifle. Co on.

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William W. Norton

William Wallace "Bill" Norton, Jr. (September 24, 1925 – October 1, 2010) was an American screenwriter. Later in life, he was convicted of gun running in France when he tried to send arms from the United States to the Irish National Liberation Army in Northern Ireland. After being released from prison, he moved to Nicaragua, where he shot and killed an intruder in his Managua home. He later spent a year living in Cuba but became disillusioned with Communism and was reportedly smuggled from Mexico into the U.S. by his ex-wife. more…

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