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The Way West (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, 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
Harry Carey Jr. ... Mr. McBee (as Harry Carey)
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. McBee
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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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

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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

In his diaries, Charlton Heston stated that he was seriously pursued for the role of Senator William J. Tadlock. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows the wagon train in Oregon, moving East in the middle of the action. The mountains of Central Oregon, are shown clearly in the background, while all around the actors are surrounded by cinder rock formed by recent (within 500 year) volcanic activity. This isn't anything you'd see along the trail. 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 Callan: Nice People Die at Home (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way West
Music by Bronislau Kaper (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Serendipity Singers (as Serendipity Singers)
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worth seeing it now
30 May 2013 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

"The Way West" came from a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, with Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum , Richard Widmark and a fantastic young Sally Fields on the cast. That should make it a winner, right? But Andrew McLaglen, even being a good director ,with minor flaws, is no John Ford or Anthony Man or Budd Boetticher. Also McLaglen was ordered by David Picker, vice president of production of United Artists to cut the first 20 minutes of the film (from an interview, "The Westerners:Interviews with Actors,Directors…" C.Courtney Joyner). The result was that the movie was a disappointment to those who had great expectations, which were many. But the disappointment changes into a happy surprise when one see the film now. There are the great scenes with Sally Fields, the cinematography of William H. Clothier, the good screenplay, but still those twenty initial minutes are missing,


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