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Release Date:
27 May 1967 (USA) See more »
The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A perfect western of the end years 60 See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Taw Jackson

Kirk Douglas ... Lomax

Howard Keel ... Levi Walking Bear

Robert Walker Jr. ... Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)

Keenan Wynn ... Wes Fletcher

Bruce Cabot ... Pierce

Joanna Barnes ... Lola

Valora Noland ... Kate

Bruce Dern ... Hammond

Gene Evans ... Deputy Hoag

Terry Wilson ... Sheriff Strike

Don Collier ... Shack
Sheb Wooley ... Snyder
Ann McCrea ... Felicia

Emilio Fernández ... Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)

Frank McGrath ... Bartender
Chuck Roberson ... Brown / Mustachioed guard at blown bridge
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Early (as Red Morgan)

Hal Needham ... Hite
Marco Antonio ... Chief Wild Horse
Perla Walter ... Rosita (as Perla Walters)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Hayward ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Margarite Luna ... Asian Girl (uncredited)

Cliff Lyons ... Outrider (uncredited)
Miko Mayama ... Asian Girl (uncredited)
Midori ... Asian Girl (uncredited)
José Trinidad Villa ... Townsman at Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Burt Kennedy 
Writing credits
Clair Huffaker (screenplay)

Clair Huffaker (novel "Badman")

Produced by
Marvin Schwartz .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
Art Direction by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Oscar Rodriguez (costumes)
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Donald W. Roberson .... makeup artist
Bud Westmore .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit production manager (as Joseph Behm)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
Art Department
Julius Rosenkrantz .... property
Sound Department
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound
Clem Portman .... re-recording
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... mattes
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Álex Phillips Jr. .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
James Saper .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Victor Arno .... musician: violin, viola (uncredited)
Don Bagley .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin, viola (uncredited)
Hoyt Bohannon .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Don Costa .... additional conductor (uncredited)
Irv Cottler .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jim Decker .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Harold Dina .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alton Hendrickson .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
William Hinshaw .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Pearl Kaufman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
William Kraft .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Gail Laughton .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Irving Lipschultz .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jack Marsh .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Richard Perissi .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michel Rubini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor
Orin Borsten .... publicist (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Arvo Ojala .... gun coach (uncredited)
Arvo Ojala .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Kirk Douglas was one of the few people in Hollywood who did not refer to John Wayne as "Duke", citing his dislike of nicknames. Curiously, Yakima Canutt, an expert stuntman and second unit director and one of Wayne's oldest friends in the business, also called him "John" in most print interviews.See more »
Continuity: During the fight in the saloon, Taw's hat is alternately on/off/on between shots.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »
Ballad Of The War WagonSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A perfect western of the end years 60, 9 December 2010
Author: psagray from Spain

"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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