Pierce dies in a shootout with one of his own men trying to escape from the war wagon. Jackson has returned to steal a shipment of gold from Pierce. Clothier Film Editing: Harry W. The problem is that the gold is transported in the title vehicle, an armored stagecoach with gattling gun mounted on top; an unstoppable juggernaut escorted by two teams of riflemen and riders. Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1967: a20.
The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Wayne has exhausted the possibilities in those noble movies where he plays the archetype of Western Civilization. The film was shot in Durango, Mexico and Curubusco Studios in Mexico City. Now out of prison, he teams up with former enemy Lomax for an elaborate heist targeted at one of Pierce's gold shipments. The event you you can look for movies by title , you're on just the right site. It is also a point of departure for John Wayne, who plays a bad guy for just about the first time in his career. One of Kennedy's great strengths was in fostering this kind of easygoing character rapport, and he achieved it consistently both in the movies that he directed like The Rounders, 1965 and Support Your Local Sheriff, 1969 and the ones that he wrote like The Tall T, 1957, Seven Men From Now, 1956, and Ride Lonesome, 1959, all directed by Budd Boetticher.
The supporting cast includes , , , and. . In July 1967 Kirk Douglas was announced for the co-starring role. Los Angeles Times 13 Aug 1967: c14. Things do not quite work out as planned. While there he made a number of further changes to the script. Now we've seen that, I guess there's nothing to look forward to but with her clothes on.
He later said he wrote the novel in ten days. He butted into everything He would push directors around Burt Kennedy was having trouble with Wayne. When production started in Durango, Mexico, in 1966, Douglas and Wayne had already worked together twice in the previous two years, on In Harm's Way 1965 and Cast a Giant Shadow 1966. The project eventually went to Universal. Los Angeles Times 1923-1995 ; Los Angeles, Calif. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Burt was a very talented director, but gentle.
It is possible also watch several latest movie titles totally free by registering staying a member. Billy Hyatt , Bruce Cabot Frank Pierce , Keenan Wynn Wes Fletcher , Ann McCrea Felicia , John Wayne Taw Jackson , Howard Keel Levi Walking Bear , Kirk Douglas Lomax , Bruce Dern Hammond , Emilio Fernández Calita , Valora Noland Kate Fletcher , Terry Wilson Sheriff Strike , Sheb Wooley Snyder , Robert Walker The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes! Billy Hyatt , Keenan Wynn Wes Fletcher , Bruce Cabot Frank Pierce. During the ensuing gunfight, the horses are spooked and run away with the wagon, and most of the gold is lost as a result. Kennedy said he let Wayne direct himself. The rivalry between Douglas and Wayne is the heart of what makes The War Wagon work so well.
Wayne was a less talented director, and far from gentle. Advertisement But now Duke's back in form, playing the leader of a band out to capture the War Wagon. It is also a point of departure for , who plays a bad guy for just about the first time in his career. Sometimes he is rough and sometimes he is mean, but he is always himself and he is not phony and bogus. Now out of prison, he teams up with former enemy Lomax for an elaborate heist targeted at one of Pierce's gold shipments.
One cute scene and we're dead. However, before they can haul it away, a group of Kiowas try to take it from them. And, in new firsts for movie nudity, Wayne plays a scene in his long johns, and Douglas appears wearing nothing but his gun belt. The film would be a co production between Wayne's company, Batjac, and producer Marvin Schwartz. The same month signed to direct. As a result Trident Publishing put him under contract to write a book a year for five years.
Jackson and Lomax assemble a gang and plan to rob the war wagon at the weakest point in the route it travels. Douglas loved making Westerns and had made nearly a dozen of them. New York Times 1923-Current file ; New York, N. He is obdurate and obstinate and he thinks one way. The truth is that they are just as much drawn to the gun-toting hero as the child who wants his first present to be a 'hogleg' and holster and cowboy hat. In September 1962 Huffaker announced he would adapt the novel into a script at Producers Studio for his own Lucifer Productions.