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Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Details


After being blacklisted from Hollywood for 21 years, writer/director Abraham Polonsky made a healthy comeback with Tell Them Willie Boy is Here. The title character, played by Robert Blake, is a Paiute Indian living in 1909 California. After several years in the White Man's world, Willie Boy returns to his reservation, hoping to renew his romance with tribeswoman Lola (Katherine Ross). Old Mike (Mike Angel), Lola's father, strongly disapproves of her relationship with Willie Boy and attacks the youth. Acting in self defense, Willie Boy kills Old Mike. Under tribal rules, Willie Boy is now permitted to claim Lola as his woman. But white lawman Christopher Cooper (Robert Redford) is forced to charge Willie Boy with murder. The Indian and his girl escape the reservation, pursued by the essentially decent Cooper and a less-than-decent crowd of white vigilantes. What begins as comparative minor incident, snowballs into a huge political crisis, with the bewildered but defiant Willie Boy as the catalyst. Tell Them Willie Boy is Here is distinguished by the fine performances of leading players Redford, Blake, Ross and Susan Clark, and by the haunting cinematography of Conrad Hall. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Redford Best Actor 1970 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Katharine Ross Best Actress 1970 Winner


Robert Redford
as Christopher Cooper
Katharine Ross
as Lola
Robert Blake
as Willie Boy
Susan Clark
as Liz
Barry Sullivan
as Calvert
John Vernon
as Hacker
Lloyd Gough
as Dexter
Charles Aidman
as Benby
Charles McGraw
as Wilson
Robert Lipton
as Newcombe
Ned Romero
as Tom
Lee de Broux
as Meathead
Steve Shemayne
as Johnny Hyde
Garry Walberg
as Dr. Mills
Lou Frizzell
as Station Agent
George Tyne
as Le Marie
Erik Holland
as Digger
Wayne Sutherlin
as Harry
Mikel Angel
as Old Mike
Jerome Raphel
as Salesman
Johnny Coons
as Clerk
Stanley Torres
as 1st Committee Man
Spencer Lyons
as Cody
Kenneth Holzman
as Reporter


Abraham Polonsky
Abraham Polonsky
Harry Lawton
Book Author
Conrad L. Hall
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Stanley Wilson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Melvin Shapiro
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Henry Bumstead
Art Director
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
John Daheim
Bud Westmore