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« on: February 13, 2005, 08:40:36 AM »

ITV (as part of Sunday afternoon western series) are showing the JOHN WAYNE/KIRK DOUGLAS starrer, THE WAR WAGON. 4.15pm. just got time to nip out fer' a bag of popcorn.  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2005, 08:03:45 PM »

This is one of the best Wayne films for sheer fun.

Heck, I'd recommend it most Spag fans. It's got a good story, lots of style and several unusual elements, the way any good spag does.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 07:51:57 AM »

This is a very good western. Not really anything deeper, just pure entertainment but very entertaining entertainment Grin. It's basically a heist flick with all the usual flavors: each gangmember has their own speciality, there's some tension between them, the gangleader has more in his mind just the catch etc.  Plus the usual AW stuff: Indians, lovestory, saloon fight... The best part are the scenes between the two big stars, Wayne and Douglas. There's great chemistry in those scenes and the dialogue is sharp; cool oneliners all the time. The heist itself could have been more exciting, though.

No masterpiece but a great way to spend Sunday afternoon and a bowl of pop corn.
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SPOILER:
Anyone else thought the ending kind of ripped off The Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 08:31:29 AM »

This is a very good western. Not really anything deeper, just pure entertainment but very entertaining entertainment Grin. It's basically a heist flick with all the usual flavors: each gangmember has their own speciality, there's some tension between them, the gangleader has more in his mind just the catch etc.  Plus the usual AW stuff: Indians, lovestory, saloon fight... The best part are the scenes between the two big stars, Wayne and Douglas. There's great chemistry in those scenes and the dialogue is sharp; cool oneliners all the time. The heist itself could have been more exciting, though.

No masterpiece but a great way to spend Sunday afternoon and a bowl of pop corn.
7.5/10


SPOILER:
Anyone else thought the ending kind of ripped off The Treasure of the Sierra Madre?




I'm happy you enjoyed THE WAR WAGON moviesceleton! It's a fun film for sure. I enjoyed your review.

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2009, 09:57:37 PM »

I got to see this movie for the first time in ages tonight thanks to TCM. This was an absolute favorite of mine as a kid, I don't know how many times I saw it back in those days, but this is the first time since I've been a sentient human being that I've gotten to see it.

The movie is a pretty typical late-career vehicle for the Duke. The plot is pretty basic - rival gunslingers Wayne and Kirk Douglas team up to gain revenge on crooked landowner Bruce Cabot - and the characterization is pretty thin, but most people who would watch a film like this wouldn't watch it for plot. There isn't a lot of directoral flair, Burt Kennedy being just a few notches above Andrew V. McLaglen on the talent scale, but he does an adequate job. The action scenes are mostly good - I particularly loved the huge barfight at the half-way point, but I found the actual raid on the wagon rather anti-climactic - I still like the Indian swigging the nitro, as I said on the RTLMYS thread.

The supporting cast is good if unspectacular - Bruce Cabot, Keenan Wynn and surprisngly Howard Keel all do fine work - but it's Duke and Kirk's show all the way. They have great chemistry, as rivals with a grudging respect for one another (The "mine was taller" scene is a great moment). I wish they'd been able to collaborate on better films than those they did, but it's still fun to watch these two ultimate tough guys begrudgingly share the screen.

I give it a 6/10, not a great or even particularly good film but not a bad way to spend 100 minutes.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 09:59:28 PM »

I watched it too, and agree about a 6/10

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009, 12:32:56 PM »

since I've been a sentient human being
Huh? When did that happen? Groggy, you should have mailed out an announcement.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009, 12:37:53 PM »

Your letter got lost in the mail.

Now, what do you think about this movie Jinkies?

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