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The War Wagon (1967)

Unrated  |   |  Western  |  27 May 1967 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Levi Walking Bear
Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)
Wes Fletcher
Gene Evans ...
Deputy Hoag
Terry Wilson ...
Sheriff Strike
Don Collier ...
Sheb Wooley ...
Ann McCrea ...
Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)


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 <>

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The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!




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Release Date:

27 May 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Gewaltigen  »

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$6,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Hoag: Sheriff! Taw Jackson's back in town!
Sheriff Strike: You sure?
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Ballad Of The War Wagon
Sung by Ed Ames
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric by Ned Washington
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A perfect western of the end years 60
9 December 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Taw Jackson" (John Wayne), is a prisoner who enjoys freedom provisional and that will seize the moment to take revenge for "Frank Pierce"; In the past, Frank prepared a trap with which it and get in the prison. The objective of this story was staying with his farm, in which it had discovered a gold mine of gold. When "Taw" is full of plans to "Pierce", decides steal...

It's amazing how well they combine styles as opposing such as John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. Wayne is so sober should not do grace, but makes; and Douglas has an aspect inappropriate and a extravagant costumes in most of the characters that has done, and yet Always ends gaining.

The scenes of the assault are very entertaining and spectacular, and the presentation of the characters is what offers the best dialogs of humor. Best of all the script is without doubt the strange relationship between the two players.

"The War Wagon" is an effective western of the late 1960, whose largest peculiarity is to see together, to two giants of cinema, the ubiquitous, (for the genre of western), John Wayne, and the tenacious Kirk Douglas, in an adventure full of action and multiple surprises, where both players interpreted to two bandits without too much fortune in their "profession." Notable soundtrack of Dimitri Tiomkin, (Rio Bravo, Five Card Stud), good photography, correct interpretations, and a solvent direction Burt Kennedy, makes this western, as one of the best made in recent years 60.

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