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The Way West (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 24 May 1967 (USA)
In 1843, a former U.S. Senator leads a wagon train of settlers to Oregon, but his megalomania leads to growing dissatisfaction with his leadership.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Senator William J. Tadlock
... Dick Summers
... Lije Evans
... Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
... Preacher Weatherby
... Sam Fairman
... Brownie Evans
... Mrs. McBee
... Mr. McBee (as Harry Carey)
Michael Witney ... Johnnie Mack
... Michael Moynihan
... Little Henry
... Mrs. Fairman (as Elizabeth Fraser)
... Captain Grant
Hal Lynch ... Big Henry
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In the mid nineteenth century, Senator William J. Tadlock leads a group of settlers overland in a quest to start a new settlement in the Western U.S. Tadlock is a highly principled and demanding taskmaster who is as hard on himself as he is on those who have joined his wagon train. He clashes with one of the new settlers, Lije Evans, who doesn't quite appreciate Tadlock's ways. Along the way, the families must face death and heartbreak and a sampling of frontier justice when one of them accidentally kills a young Indian boy. Written by garykmcd

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Hang them for MURDER! Hang them for taking the WOMAN! But HANG them--or the SIOUX nation will BURY you! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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24 May 1967 (USA)  »

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Harold Hecht's The Way West  »

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Trivia

Shortly after the first river crossing scene, the wagon train passes a singular spire shaped rock formation. That is Chimney Rock, in the western part of Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County). This location is approximately six hundred miles from the wagon train"s starting point of Independence, Missouri, or about a third of the way into the journey of about eighteen hundred miles. At best, a wagon train might make twenty miles per day, with the troubles of river crossings, weather, and breakdowns of wagons. But since this is a fictional story, it doesn't matter. See more »

Goofs

When the party reaches the river, and the obviously parched humans fall into the water to take a drink of it, the livestock and horses seem to be curiously disinterested in doing so. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mercy flirts silently with Brownie]
Lije Evans: Best not be lookin', Brownie.
Brownie Evans: I ain't lookin'... as hard as I can.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Sally Field as "Mercy" and introducing Katherine Justice. See more »

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Referenced in Forushande (2016) See more »

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The Way West
Music by Bronislau Kaper (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Serendipity Singers (as Serendipity Singers)
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Larger than life western which succeeds
25 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is what you call a sprawling western with a vast array of big name stars, scenery, action, and characterization. There is never a dull moment. Its got tons of adventure and action mixed with important character points along the way. Widmark was best when he got away from his sadistic bad guy roles. Here, he plays a reluctant hero, and to be honest, the parts were well written and directed. The actors added their talent, and the results are a larger than life spectacular show. Douglas is very believable as the man who begins good and descends into a horrible human being. The way different characters handle revenge is stunningly poignant. The chief who lost his son could easily wipe out the whole band, but his love of justice makes his unseen presence totally visible. A monumental bit of writing to do this, to make such a character who practically never appears for all intents and purposes. The scenery is vivid and spell binding. Mitchum's role is one that any actor would covet, and he handles it with aplomb. Sally Field plays maybe her best role ever. he movie is never mentioned by critics, but is the unsung hero of westerns, and a great example of how superior they were before 1970.


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