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The War Wagon (1967)

Unrated | | Western | 27 May 1967 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Taw Jackson
... Lomax
... Levi Walking Bear
... Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)
... Wes Fletcher
... Pierce
... Lola
... Kate
... Hammond
... Deputy Hoag
... Sheriff Strike
... Shack
... Snyder
Ann McCrea ... Felicia
... Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Storyline

Taw Jackson returns from prison having survived being shot, to the ranch and gold that Frank Pierce stole from him. Jackson makes a deal with Lomax, the man who shot him 5 years ago to join forces against Pierce and steal a large gold shipment. The shipments are transported in the War Wagon, an armored stage coach that is heavily guarded. The two of them become the key players in the caper to separate Pierce from Jackson's gold. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!

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Western

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27 May 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Gewaltigen  »

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$6,000,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Keenan Wynn played the crazy old man, he was in fact nine years younger than John Wayne. See more »

Goofs

After the gold is loaded and the gang is ready to split up right before the driver less wagon crashes you can see hands holding the reigns in the trap door under the right hand seat. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Major League II (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad Of The War Wagon
Sung by Ed Ames
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric by Ned Washington
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Good Caper Film With Wayne a Loser for Once
11 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I generally don't like caper films. Usually, when they end, I'm still waiting for a beginning. This one is much better than usual, largely due to the action packed finale, bawdy humor and a flamboyant performance by Kirk Douglas. Wayne, as Taw Jackson, has an unusual role. Possibly for the first time since TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY, he plays a loser. He's lost his ranch, been shot and falsely imprisoned for three years by Bruce Cabot. How this has happened is never made clear; and one wonders why Wayne seems universally disliked by his former neighbors. Considering his former wealth, one would imagine at least one of his ex-ranch hands would treat him well. Just WHERE are his ranch hands. This is never made clear, and it weakens the believability of the story.

However, the caper is the thing and, whoah, it's a doozie. Getting there is a lot of fun and worth seeing. It's also interesting the cynicism presented her. In one scene, a stablekeeper dismisses Wayne with contempt, while Douglas, a hired killer, is treated with the greatest of respect(!) By 1967, Wayne had come a long way from his denunciation of HIGH NOON for it's unsympathetic, cowardly townspeople.

While not a must see, THE WAR WAGON is very entertaining. I give it a "7".


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