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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.

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writers:

Clair Huffaker (screenplay), Clair Huffaker (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Taw Jackson
Kirk Douglas ... Lomax
Howard Keel ... Levi Walking Bear
Robert Walker Jr. ... Billy Hyatt (as Robert Walker)
Keenan Wynn ... Wes Fletcher
Bruce Cabot ... Pierce
Joanna Barnes ... Lola
Valora Noland ... Kate
Bruce Dern ... Hammond
Gene Evans ... Deputy Hoag
Terry Wilson ... Sheriff Strike
Don Collier ... Shack
Sheb Wooley ... Snyder
Ann McCrea Ann McCrea ... Felicia
Emilio Fernández ... 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! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War Wagon See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas wore huge lifts for the scene when he first appears, so he would look in line with John Wayne. See more »

Goofs

The view through the back window of the war wagon is in black and white. 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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Soundtracks

Ballad Of The War Wagon
Sung by Ed Ames
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric by Ned Washington
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Decent late period Wayne Western
31 March 2014 | by Get_your_azz_to_MarsSee all my reviews

'The War Wagon' will never be considered one of John Wayne's great Westerns like 'Rio Bravo', 'The Searchers', or 'Red River', but it is a an enjoyable Western with fine performances and great rapport between Kirk Douglas and John Wayne. The action sequences are well done, the humor dry as the desert it takes place in, and the caper story line rather refreshing for a John Wayne film.

The problem? When the picture ends it leaves you feeling empty. The characters are not particularly interesting (save for Douglas) and the villain is your standard cattle baron murderous jerk. The war wagon itself is an interesting prop and well used, but never really becomes the menacing character it should've been. I enjoyed the movie as a fan of John Wayne and Westerns in general, yet I doubt most of his fans will find this film particularly impressive when compared to many of his other Westerns directed by Hawks and Ford. That isn't to say you should avoid seeing 'The War Wagon', but you should temper your expectations for what is really just an empty Saturday-afternoon adventure. You'll like it while you're watching it and then forget it as soon as the credits roll.


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