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The War Wagon (1967)

Unrated | | Western | 27 May 1967 (USA)
The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon.

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Cast

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Levi Walking Bear
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Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)
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Wes Fletcher
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Pierce
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Kate
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Hammond
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Deputy Hoag
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Sheriff Strike
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Shack
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Felicia
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Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Storyline

Taw Jackson returns from prison having survived being shot, to the ranch and gold that Frank Pierce stole from him. Jackson makes a deal with Lomax, the man who shot him 5 years ago to join forces against Pierce and steal a large gold shipment. The shipments are transported in the War Wagon, an armored stage coach that is heavily guarded. The two of them become the key players in the caper to separate Pierce from Jackson's gold. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!

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Western

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27 May 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Gewaltigen  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas and John Wayne had previously starred together in In Harm's Way (1965) and Cast a Giant Shadow (1966). This film was their third and final teaming. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, as Taw Jackson scouts the movement of the gold shipment, we see a half moon in the sky. Two nights later, when Lomax rides into Emmett, there is a bright full moon. Two days later, when the "war wagon" departs on its run, we again see a half moon in the sky. Note the action of the movie takes place over only a four-day time span - too short a time for the moon to change from half, to full, to half moon again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hoag: Sheriff! Taw Jackson's back in town!
Sheriff Strike: You sure?
Hoag: Well, he's ridin' down the street right now, big as life.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad Of The War Wagon
Sung by Ed Ames
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric by Ned Washington
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An Armored Wagon full of gold
11 July 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I believe you would have to say that this is the first time John Wayne was not on the side of law and order in a movie since Three Godfathers. Between then and The War Wagon, a past that is less than savory has been hinted at, but only in The War Wagon has it been explicitly said he's an outlaw.

An outlaw with revenge on his mind. He's going rob Bruce Cabot, the slimy villain who's taken over his ranch and discovered enough gold on it to make him a rich man.

This is a caper film, maybe the only one Duke ever made. Though it might not come to mind, this film is definitely in the tradition of Topkapi and How to Steal a Million. Granted the comedy isn't exactly highbrow like the other two films, still the War Wagon is an honorable addition to that genre.

Helping Wayne along in his enterprise are Kirk Douglas a gunfighter/ safe-cracker, Howard Keel a cynical Indian, Robert Walker, Jr. a young alcoholic explosives expert and Keenan Wynn an old codger who works for Bruce Cabot and is essentially their inside man.

Kirk Douglas in his memoirs The Ragman's Son held the Duke in enormous respect even though their political views differed radically. The three films they did together show the good camaraderie they developed.

The title of the film refers to an armored vehicle with a Gatling gun that Bruce Cabot uses to ship gold. I won't say what the plan is on how the War Wagon is dealt with, but anyone who has watched the George Marshall/Glenn Ford film, Imitation General, will have some idea.

A good entertaining John Wayne western which is as good as it gets.


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