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The War Wagon ()


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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... See more »

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Taw Jackson
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Lomax
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Levi Walking Bear
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Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)
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Wes Fletcher
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Pierce
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Lola
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Kate
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Hammond
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Deputy Hoag
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Sheriff Strike
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Shack
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Snyder
Ann McCrea ...
Felicia
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Calita (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Bartender
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Brown / Mustachioed guard at blown bridge
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Early (as Red Morgan)
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Hite
Marco Antonio ...
Chief Wild Horse
Perla Walter ...
Rosita (as Perla Walters)
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Blacksmith (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Bronco Saloonkeeper (uncredited)
Margarite Luna ...
Asian Girl (uncredited)
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Outrider (uncredited)
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Asian Girl (uncredited)
Midori ...
Asian Girl (uncredited)
José Trinidad Villa ...
Townsman at Bar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Burt Kennedy

Written by

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Clair Huffaker ... (screenplay)
 
Clair Huffaker ... (novel "Badman")

Produced by

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Marvin Schwartz ... producer

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Gerstad

Art Direction by

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Alfred Sweeney

Set Decoration by

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Ray Moyer ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Oscar Rodriguez ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Dave Grayson ... makeup artist
Donald W. Roberson ... makeup artist
Bud Westmore ... makeup supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joseph C. Behm ... unit production manager (as Joseph Behm)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Al Jennings ... assistant director
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director
Al Murphy ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Christopher Seitz ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Julius Rosenkrantz ... property

Sound Department

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Robert R. Bertrand ... sound
Clem Portman ... re-recording
James Nelson ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

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Albert Whitlock ... mattes

Stunts

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Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty ... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bernie Abramson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Álex Phillips Jr. ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
James Saper ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... conductor
Victor Arno ... musician: violin, viola (uncredited)
Don Bagley ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin, viola (uncredited)
Hoyt Bohannon ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Don Costa ... additional conductor (uncredited)
Irv Cottler ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jim Decker ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Harold Dina ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alton Hendrickson ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
William Hinshaw ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Pearl Kaufman ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
William Kraft ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Gail Laughton ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Irving Lipschultz ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jack Marsh ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michel Rubini ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner ... musician: piano (uncredited)

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Marshall J. Wolins ... script supervisor
Orin Borsten ... publicist (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez ... head wrangler (uncredited)
Arvo Ojala ... gun coach (uncredited) / technical director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines When These Two Men Ride - The Legend of the West Was Born! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La caravane de feu (France)
  • Die Gewaltigen (Germany)
  • Asalto al carro blindado (Spain)
  • Ataque al carro blindado (Spain)
  • Borna kola (Yugoslavia, Croatian title)
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  • 101 min
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Trivia During the production, Kirk Douglas was late to the set because he was shooting a commercial endorsement for the Democratic Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown. John Wayne was furious, and was late to work the next day because he was shooting a commercial for the Republican candidate Ronald Reagan. See more »
Goofs As Pierce looks out of the gun port modification to the war wagon at the adobe wall with pots on it, the magazine of the Gatling gun is seen to be empty. Also there is physically not enough room above the gun for one to fit on the gun. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in ... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Ballad Of The War Wagon See more »
Quotes Lomax: Well, I guess you don't know about his new toy - a little iron-plated thing he calls "The War Wagon."
Taw Jackson: It takes an average shipment of fifty thousand in gold from Emmett to the railhead in El Paso 43 1/2 miles away.
Lomax: Then there are a few guards...
Taw Jackson: Thirty-three of 'em. Twenty-eight outriders and five in the coach. Each man is armed with a Henry repeating rifle, two Colts and two hundred rounds of ammunition.
Lomax: What's all this got to do with me?
Taw Jackson: We're going to take that wagon.
Lomax: We are? Have you taken a look lately at the cemetery in Emmett? There's a bunch of cheap wooden crosses in one corner all kind of crowded in together. That's the tribute to the last fools who tried to stop The War Wagon. Like facts? A dollar fifteen for the casket, twelve cents for the crosses - Pierce foots the bill. A dollar twenty seven seems a poor price for a man's life - especially mine.
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