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The War Wagon

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Director  Burt Kennedy
Initial DVD release  August 18, 1998
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Music director  Dimitri Tiomkin
Country  United States
The War Wagon movie poster

Release date  May 27, 1967 (1967-05-27)
Writer  Clair Huffaker (screenplay), Clair Huffaker (novel)
Cast  John Wayne (Taw Jackson), Kirk Douglas (Lomax), Howard Keel (Levi Walking Bear), Robert Walker, Jr. (Billy Hyatt), Keenan Wynn (Wes Fletcher), Bruce Cabot (Frank Pierce)
Similar movies  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Far Country, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Italian Job, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Man with the Golden Gun
Tagline  The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!

The War Wagon is a 1967 Western film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, released by Universal Pictures, directed by Burt Kennedy, produced by Marvin Schwartz, and adapted by Clair Huffaker from his own novel. The picture received generally positive reviews. The supporting cast includes Howard Keel, Robert Walker, Jr., Keenan Wynn, Joanna Barnes and Bruce Dern.


The War Wagon movie scenes

Wayne and Douglas had earlier made In Harm's Way and Cast a Giant Shadow together.

The War Wagon movie scenes

The movie is in color and has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The DVD contains extras, including the theatrical trailer and production notes.

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The war wagon 1967 trailer


Rancher Taw Jackson (John Wayne) returns to his hometown to settle a score ; he was released early for good behavior. Three years earlier, he was framed by corrupt businessman Frank Pierce (Bruce Cabot) and wrongfully imprisoned; Pierce then appropriated Jackson's land, where he discovered gold.

Jackson has returned to steal a shipment of gold from Pierce. He hires Lomax (Kirk Douglas) to assist him, even though Lomax had worked as a hired gun for Pierce and was instrumental in sending Jackson to prison. Jackson needs Lomax not only because of his marksmanship, but also because he is a safe-cracker. The gold shipment is being transported in a "war wagon," a heavily armored stagecoach armed with a deadly Gatling gun in a top-mounted steerable turret. Jackson and Lomax assemble a gang and plan to rob the war wagon at the weakest point in the route it travels.

Things do not quite work out as planned. Pierce dies in a shootout with one of his own men trying to escape from the war wagon. The wagon crashes into a ravine, Lomax opens the safe, and the men move the gold into a separate wagon. Before they can haul it away, however, a group of Kiowas try to take it from them. During the ensuing gunfight, the horses are spooked and run away with the wagon, and most of the gold is lost as a result. Nevertheless, Taw manages to recover a portion of it, and they agree to meet in six months to divide it, since "it wouldn't be very smart to flash gold around after a robbery".

Comic book adaptation

  • Dell Movie Classic: The War Wagon (September 1967)
  • References

    The War Wagon Wikipedia
    The War Wagon IMDb The War Wagon