Buffalo Girls (1995)

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The bold escapades of tough-talking Calamity Jane Canary and her illustrious cohorts. It's the waning days of the Wild West and Jane, the rough 'n' rugged cowgirl, is searching not only for her long-lost daughter, but the Wild West she once knew. Jane traverses plains, mountains and continents until she finally discovers the answer to her problems: Dora, the vivacious, gold-hearted madam who's been her one true friend all along.

Film Overview
"Buffalo Girls" is a 1995 American television movie that depicts the lives of famous Western figures Buffalo Bill Cody and Disaster Jane from the late 19th to early 20th century. Based upon the novel by Larry McMurtry, the film was directed by Rod Hardy and starred Anjelica Huston and Melanie Griffith as Calamity Jane and Dora DuFran respectively, with significant performances from Gabriel Byrne, Reba McEntire and Peter Coyote.

Plot Description
The film begins with Buffalo Bill Cody (Peter Coyote) and Wild Bill Hickok (Sam Elliott), 2 famous western legends, in the prime time of their glory. However, Calamity Jane (Anjelica Huston) is the true central character of Buffalo Girls. Jane is portrayed as a no-nonsense, steely, capable woman who charts her own course in a tough and male-dominated duration. She is a friendly acquaintance of Cody and Hickok, and typically gets caught up in their wild escapades, acquiring regard and popularity along the way.

Another main character is Dora DuFran (Melanie Griffith), a mature, savvy saloon owner, who ends up being Jane's friend. Through the trials and tribulations of life on the frontier, consisting of aiming to make ends fulfill, handling raiding Native Americans, fighting with unrequited love, and battling alcoholism, the relationship between Jane and Dora forms the emotional heart of the story.

Character Development
Buffalo Girls provides a well-rendered and in-depth examination of its characters, which is its main strength. Anjelica Huston excellently represents Calamity Jane's toughness and vulnerability, developing an engaging, credible character of a lady making it through and even prospering in an extreme world. Melanie Griffith's Dora DuFran is also well-realized, revealing a hardened yet empathetic woman, balancing her business interests with her individual relationships.

Life-span and Decline
The movie reveals the cultural shift from frontier lawlessness to an emerging modern-day society. Buffalo Bill Cody devolves from a brave hero to a sad figure running a scary show, his age, the period of the Wild West, pushed aside by modern-day life. Jane's health likewise deteriorates, adversely affected by her tough life and alcohol addiction. In a sincere scene, in spite of her stopping working health, she heroically flights to Deadwood through a blizzard to see her passing away buddy Dora one last time before they both die.

"Buffalo Girls" paints a vibrant photo of the late Wild West period and its famous figures' lives, concentrating on their personal resist a backdrop of rapid societal modification. The film trades in high adrenaline action scenes common of traditional westerns, for a character-driven story that brings warmth, depth, and humanity to its characters. Regardless of their flaws and difficulties, the 'Buffalo Girls' memorialize the stories of strong ladies who made their mark heroically throughout a hard period in American history.

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