Thanks to Outposter Shawn Thompson for this Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
I’m just going to tell you first thing. I love this movie. Made in 1969, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here tells the story of Willie Boy, a Native American Indian who comes back to his home to take a bride. He sneaks off with her and gets caught by her father right in the middle of “sealing the deal”.
After a struggle with the Father’s rifle, the Father loses the argument and Willie and his new Paiute Bride take off on the run to escape the long arm of the law in the form of Robert Redford the local Sheriff in charge of the Indian reservation.
Redford is Sheriff Cooper, son of a more famous Indian fighter killed in the line of duty. He sets off to bring Willie in with a posse. Being sympathetic to Willie, he pursues Willie more or less half-assed until giving up the chase to let the posse finish it while expecting Willie to get away and perfectly OK with that possibility.
Willie then catches the posse out in the open and shoots the horses and accidentally hits one of the posse members. The rest panic and report a major Indian uprising setting the local press in a tizzy. Cooper then heads back out knowing he has to bring Willie in for real this time.
The final act of Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here is a beautifully shot tense cat and mouse between Willie and Coop with a great ending.
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here was written and directed by commie sympathizer, Abraham Polonsky, who had been blacklisted to years before making this masterpiece of a film. Damn his commie soul for making something I love. It really is a great movie and has an eerie soundtrack and feel to it.
Even if you don’t like Westerns, check it out. It has a lot more modern feel than you would think. Don’t sleep on this little known film, you are missing out if you do.