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 »
Just before The End title comes up, you can see the shadow of the camera crew as Todd rides off. 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 up to a certain moment a great film. From that moment on it loses its greatness, it is just like a wild horse which has to be tamed to conform to the norms of the fifties. While it is wild, it is great. What reaches you is the hysterical mood , Widmark being dragged by a horse, chained to a wagon wheel, the brutal killings , all this blended to an impressive scenery. Unfortunately this mood is broken by such an abrupt change at the end that it is almost like somebody else took hold of the movie. The love relationship between Fecicia Farr and Widmark has a sensuality not at all common at those times, specially in westerns.
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