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Waterhole #3 -- Restless gambler and wayward rascal James Coburn can't resist a pretty lady or the chance at gold. This is a rootin', tootin', tongue-in- cheek comedy western that packs a passel of laughs. There's brothel action, waterhole skirmishes and sheriff's shootouts.


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Joseph T. Steck (written by) and
Robert R. Young (written by)
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Release Date:
17 November 1967 (Finland) See more »
This is the West as it really was. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! See more »
After a professional gambler kills a Confederate soldier, he finds a map pinpointing the location in the desert where stolen army gold bullion is buried and he plans to retrieve it but others are searching for it too. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Coburn ... Lewton Cole

Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff John Copperud

Margaret Blye ... Billee Copperud

Claude Akins ... Sgt. Henry Foggers

Timothy Carey ... Hilb

Bruce Dern ... Deputy

Joan Blondell ... Lavinia

James Whitmore ... Capt. Shipley
Harry Davis ... Ben

Roy Jenson ... Doc Quinlen
Robert Cornthwaite ... George - Hotel Clerk
Jim Boles ... Cpl. Blyth

Steve Whittaker ... Soldier #1
Ted Markland ... Soldier #2
Rupert Crosse ... Prince
Jay Ose ... Bartender

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Cowpoke (as Buzz Henry)
Roger Miller ... Balladeer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Borzage ... Old Timer in Lobby (uncredited)
Francis Davis ... Dove (uncredited)
Tianne Gabrielle ... Dove (uncredited)
Jennifer Gan ... Dove (uncredited)
Judith Guyer ... Dove (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Prince's Helper (uncredited)
Jack Lilley ... Trooper (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy ... Trooper (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Trooper Unloading Gold (uncredited)
Sabrina Scharf ... Dove (uncredited)
Desiree Sumarra ... Dove (uncredited)
Alex Tinne ... Francisco (uncredited)
Joni Webster ... Dove (uncredited)

Yvonne Wilder ... Dove (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Graham  (as William Graham)
Writing credits
Joseph T. Steck (written by) and
Robert R. Young (written by) (as R.R. Young)

Produced by
Owen Crump .... executive producer
Joseph T. Steck .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
Blake Edwards .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks 
Film Editing by
Warren Low 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Jack Stevens 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound recordist
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... special action sequence (as Buzz Henry)
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (re-rating) (1988) | UK:AA (1970) | UK:X (1967) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut: 12 f)

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Margaret Blye plays the daughter of Carroll O'Connor, which is fitting since the actress was 18 years younger than O'Connor. 21 years later she would play his girlfriend in the series "In the Heat of the Night" (1988).See more »
Factual errors: When George, the hotel clerk, gives the sheriff a handgun, he says it was taken off of John Wesley Hardin, by Constable John Selman, who had shot Hardin on a Monday afternoon at the Acme Saloon in El Paso Texas. But the opening of the movie says that the action takes place in 1884. In 1884, Hardin was in Huntsville State Prison, serving 14 years for the 1878 shooting of a Texas lawman. The shooting of Hardin by Selman in the Acme Saloon in El Paso would not occur for another 11 years: on August 19, 1895-indeed a Monday-three years after Hardin's release from prison in 1892. It is doubtful any guns were removed from Hardin that day, because the sheriff of El Paso had outlawed the carrying of firearms within city limits.See more »
Lewton Cole:I didn't break any law, Sheriff.
Sheriff John H. Copperud:No? What about stealing my horse, huh?
Lewton Cole:I needed that horse to recover the gold.
Sheriff John H. Copperud:Locking me in my own jail?
Lewton Cole:I wanted you behind me.
Sheriff John H. Copperud:Murder?
Lewton Cole:It was self-defense.
Sheriff John H. Copperud:Raping?
Lewton Cole:Assault with a friendly weapon?
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References Cat Ballou (1965)See more »


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45 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Not a Movie for Dopes, 12 October 2005
Author: writerasfilmcritic from western US

Generally, I don't like it when these comments about movies degenerate to political diatribes, but with the reaction to this movie, I must respond. What the PC crowd doesn't understand about "Waterhole Number 3" is that in it Coburn played an amoral anti-hero who harbored a great degree of cynicism about hypocritical conventions. Therefore, the "horrible rape sequence" that has their panties in such a twist was merely part of his interpretation of how such a man would behave in a lawless environment. It would have been completely out of character for him to suffer an attack of scruples when confronted with a sexy gal alone in a barn. Besides, in the nineteenth century, feminism didn't even exist and women WERE men's playthings, whether Gloria Steinem can handle the concept or not. For them, to be kept barefoot and pregnant was reality, not an archaic state of being ridiculed by glorified lesbians whose primary goal in life is to control their "reproductive rights." Back in them days, folks, pioneer women had up to two dozen kids and lost a good many of the brood to disease, accidents, and murder. The feminine role was well-defined and there was no discussion about it. In point of fact, the "gentle rape" committed by Coburn upon the nubile young woman's tender virginity might not have been considered rape at all simply because he married her afterward. Some other disturbing facts of the era: Gays were not tolerated, let alone allowed to marry, but pistol-whipped merely for thinking their perverted thoughts. Indians, both good and bad, were driven nearly to extinction for daring to believe they had innate rights on the land. Many of the women of today would have been working in whorehouses, not telling the rest of us what constitutes modern standards of morality, either that, or they would have been slapped silly and sent slinking into the corner to mull over the reality of the day. To sit in front of your computer and actually attempt to apply PC hypocrisy to such a wild and lawless era is so absurd that it beyond comprehension.

Furthermore,in the sixties (when this movie was made), a woman couldn't go up to a man's room at 2am, have consensual sex, and the next day claim she was raped, like that broad did to Mike Tyson. Such inherently suspicious bs would have been laughed right out of court. There was no such thing as "date rape," "spouse rape," or "sexual harassment." If a man caught his wife in the sack with another man, he could shoot them both and get off with a temporary insanity plea or not even be charged at all. Neurotic Generation X, with their condoms, Ipods, cell phones, piercings, tats, shaved pubic areas, and shallow, money-grubbing ways weren't even born yet, hence interesting flicks like this one could actually be made and distributed. As for the much ballyhooed rape, something very similar happened in "High Plains Drifter" and who complained then? It's a movie, folks. If you can't separate fact from fiction, perhaps you'd better turn off the set and get a life.

Not one of you mentioned the gunfight sequence at the beginning of the movie, which set the tone for this film and should have sent you scurrying to turn if off. Challenged by some jerk to a gunfight, Coburn steps out the door of the saloon, casually approaches his mount, pulls out his saddle gun, rests it atop his saddle, and unceremoniously drops the dope who is standing in the middle of the street, stupidly believing that such differences of opinion were supposed to be resolved in a certain way. Coburn thumbs his nose at authority, convention, tradition, and all the rest of the hypocritical nonsense to which our woefully misguided country is devoted to today. Now, it's as if the sixties never even happened. We've got the Bible-thumping, hymn-singing, pew-sitting hypocrites on the one hand, constantly extolling the spectre of their children's tender psyches as an excuse for their own intellectual, spiritual, and moral cowardice, and the man-hating, feminist "global warming" advocates on the other hand. Both groups shouldn't be allowed to watch good movies like this. Their extremely fragile belief systems can't take it.

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