Accused of murdering three of Sheriff Bull Harper's brothers, the Comanche-reared white man, "Comanche" Todd, is captured and dragged to trial. Cautiously, as the two men ride across hostile Apache territory, they will join Colonel Normand's wagon train of women and children, only to be ambushed and massacred by the Indians whose families were slaughtered by the whites. Now, the few survivors have no other choice but to trust their dubious protector, Todd, as hundreds of vengeful Apaches track them down, thirsting for blood. Can they make it out alive?Written by
Average Shot Length = ~6.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.1 seconds. Both values are fast for a reasonably early CinemaScope film. See more »
During the first reel, the Sheriff shoots Comanche Todd (Richard Widmark) in the left shoulder. Todd clutches at his shoulder and, grimacing with pain, collapses on the ground and the Sheriff captures him. Directly afterwards, the wound disappears and the top of Todd's buckskin jacket sleeve remains unmarked throughout the rest of the film, as though the wounding had never happened. See more »
[after capturing Todd, Sheriff Harper offers to join Colonel Normand's wagon train]
He's safe in your custody, I suppose. It's just that we got women and children with us.
Sheriff Bull Harper:
He'll be safe. The first time he don't look safe, he'll get dead.
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Opening credits prologue: 1873 Arizona Territory See more »
The Last Wagon is a film with some good intentions and some very good moments, but it could have been a whole lot better.
A really brutal sheriff played by George Matthews brings a prisoner in to a small wagon train. By his manner he puts off a whole lot of the wagon train member. They start having some sympathy with prisoner Richard Widmark.
When some of the young people of the train go off and frolic in a midnight swim, they return and find the Apaches have massacred the train except for one survivor. Widmark survived by a fluke I won't reveal.
Widmark's a white man who lived with the Comanches and he's the only one who might insure the survival of the rest. Reluctantly they trust him and the adventure begins.
Widmark's is the only really developed character in The Last Wagon, the rest have some strange motivations and attitudes that are not fully explained. Still their are some exciting sequences in the film and it can be enjoyed on that level.
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