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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When These Two Men Ride - The Legend of the West Was Born! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Length of the War Wagon: 47.5 feet, from lead horse to the back end of the wagon. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, as Taw Jackson scouts the movement of the gold shipment, we see a half moon in the sky. Two nights later, when Lomax rides into Emmett, there is a bright full moon. Two days later, when the "war wagon" departs on its run, we again see a half moon in the sky. Note the action of the movie takes place over only a four-day time span - too short a time for the moon to change from half, to full, to half moon again. 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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Great Western, good chemistry
22 January 2000 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

The chemistry between John Wayne and Kirk Douglas really came through. Howard Keel was very good as an Indian trying to move with the times. Great photography of the scenery around Durango, Mexico. Should be considered a John Wayne classic.


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