The White Buffalo / B2 / Japan

30.09.11

PosterPoster
Title
The White Buffalo
AKA
Hunt to Kill (USA - TV title)
Year of Film
1977
Director
J. Lee Thompson
Starring
Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Clint Walker, Slim Pickens, Stuart Whitman, Kim Novak, John Carradine, Shay Duffin, Cara Williams, Douglas Fowley, Clifford A. Pellow, Ed Lauter
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Western | Action
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
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Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1978
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Seito (unconfirmed)
Size (inches)
20 7/16" x 29"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
--

Who wouldn’t want to see a film featuring a buffalo the size of a small skyscraper?! An exciting illustration for this 1977 Bronson versus beast film, The White Buffalo, which teamed the star with director J. Lee Thompson, a frequent collaborator. The film is often described as a western version of Jaws and was one of a few ‘man versus beast’ tales filmed by legendary producer¬†Dino De Laurentiis¬†in the wake of Spielberg’s mega-hit (including the ’76 King Kong and Orca).

I’m not certain who the artist of this poster is but I have a feeling it may be the work of Seito, one of my favourite Japanese artists. If anyone knows for sure please get in touch. It has a few elements seen on the US one sheet by Boris Vallejo (which features an excellent tagline).

Check out the original trailer on YouTube.”…starring Charles Bronson as Wild Bill Hicock, a man who feared nothing except being afraid!’

A bit of trivia (courtesy of Wikipedia): White Buffalo are considered sacred signs by several Native American religions and have great spiritual significance for them. The animals are visited for prayers and other ceremonies. Apparently they’re so rare that they only occur in one in 10 million births.

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