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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.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Ben Maddow (screenplay), Mitch Lindemann (screenplay) (as Mitchell Lindemann) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Senator William J. Tadlock
Robert Mitchum ... Dick Summers
Richard Widmark ... Lije Evans
Lola Albright ... Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
Jack Elam ... Preacher Weatherby
Stubby Kaye ... Sam Fairman
Michael McGreevey ... Brownie Evans
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. McBee
Harry Carey Jr. ... Mr. McBee (as Harry Carey)
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Johnnie Mack
William Lundigan ... Michael Moynihan
Elisabeth Fraser ... Mrs. Fairman (as Elizabeth Fraser)
John Mitchum ... Little Henry
Patric Knowles ... Captain Grant
Hal Lynch Hal Lynch ... Big Henry
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harold Hecht's The Way West See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harold Hecht Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though often described as making his film debut in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Sam Elliott appeared, while a college student, as an extra in this movie, filmed near his hometown in Oregon. See more »

Goofs

When the Irishman is lowered into the Grand Canyon as "the first man ever", one can clearly see a gravel road at the bottom. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Forushande (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Mercy MC Bee
Composed by Bronislau Kaper
Performed by The Serendipity Singers
Conducted by André Previn
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Larger than life western which succeeds
25 April 2006 | by drystyxSee 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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