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The Scalphunters is a comedy western film made by legendary filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Made in 1968, the film was only Pollack's third film to date. The Scalphunters centers around a fur tradesman, a man named Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster). After a successful round in hunting, Joe makes his way back to the trading post where he can sell his furs. However, he is trapped by a group of Kiowa Indians on the way over. They ask him to relinquish his furs in exchange for an intelligent slave named Joseph (Ozzie Davis). Joe is reluctant to make the exchange, but realizes he does not stand a chance against the Indians, so they make the swap. But shortly after the exchange is made, Joe decides to try to get the furs back, so he and Joseph follow the Indians' trail. Joe and Joseph run into more problems when a burglar named Jim Howie (Telly Savalas) steals the furs from the Indians and the educated Joseph from Joe Bass. Jim, his girl Kate (Shelly Winters), and Joseph make a break for Mexico, but the Indians are on their trail and will most definitely reclaim their furs. The Scalphunters is a must see if you enjoy Western film and/or Sydney Pollack.moreless
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