In the 1860's Wild West, when a ragged bunch of misfit settlers decide they cannot stand living in their current situation, they hire a grizzled cowboy to take them on a journey back to their hometowns east.
Explorers Bartholemew Hunt and Leslie Edwards are setting forth against nature across the country on a journey to the Pacific Ocean against rivals Lewis and Clark. Along the way they have many mishaps and misfortunes. Written by
Elias, the shop owner that Bartholomew Hunt goes to for a bath, a shave, and a tooth removal is loosely based on Charles Willson Peale, a painter of pre-Revolutionary times that also practiced taxidermy as well as dentistry. See more »
The crew ride canoes over a waterfall and get dunked, then emerge on the riverbank completely dry. See more »
[Talking into Bidwell's ear in his hand]
Bidwell? Bidwell! I fear the bear has killed Mr. Bidwell sir! He's failed to communicate with the me, by way of his ear...
It doesn't work that way, it doesn't work anyway! But even if it did, he couldn't talk through it!
[Again, talking into Bidwell's ear in his hand]
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For a comedy that got trashed in reviews and rediculed by movie-goers, I find this movie to be incredibly funny. The first time I saw the movie was in the theater at which time I laughed at the "obvious" laugh-parts, but it was not until I had seen it another two or three times before I picked up on the absolutely hysterical dialogue, terriffic comedy styles of the various supporting characters, and the sheer brilliance and irony the script presents. If you know anything about history, this movie becomes instantly funny. If you are a fan of almost Simpsons-style "random" humor, this film is instantly funny. Never be turned off by the first glance of this film. If you dismiss it as "poor comedy" you will be missing out.
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