The Way West (1967)

The Way West (1967)

The Way West





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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., this western follows the adventures and trials of a wagon train, led by Senator William J. Tadlock (Kirk Douglas), traveling along the Oregon Trail.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Maddow, Mitchell Lindemann
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2008
United Artists


as Sen. William J. Tadl...

as Dick Summers

as Lije Evans

as Rebecca 'Becky' Evan...

as Johnnie Mack

as Johnnie Mack

as Sam Fairman

as Mercy McBee

as Amanda Mack

as Brownie Evans

as Mrs. McBee

as Mr. McBee

as Mrs. Fairman

as Michael Moynihan

as Mrs. Moynihan

as Masters

as Mrs. Masters

as Mrs. Turley

as Billy Tadlock

as Weatherby

as Big Henry

as Middle Henry

as Little Henry

as Col. Grant

as Col. Grant

as Calvelli

as Paw-Kee-Mah

as Sioux Chief

as Sioux Brave

as Sioux Brave

as Caleb Greenwood

as Cattleman

as Cattleman

as Cattleman

as Cattleman

as Sioux Brave
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Critic Reviews for The Way West

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Victor McLaglen's son Andrew directed in a lackluster way this dreary epic of the move Westward.

Full Review… | July 26, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Way West

I thought it might be fun to see Mitchum and Douglas reunited twenty years after Out of the Past; I couldn't have been more wrong. The Way West is an overlong, tedious western based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, set - like Anthony Mann's infinitely superior Bend of the River - along the Oregon Trail. For all I know, the book may be wonderful, but McLagen's film of it has very little forward momentum. The three stars (Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Richard Widmark) struggle to find anything to get their teeth into, while the secondary characters - including an impressive Sally Field in her film début - meander through subplot after superfluous subplot. Mitchum's trademark world-weariness is so close to genuine boredom in this picture, I can only assume he spent too much time watching the rushes while making it. Beautiful to look at; a chore to watch.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

This is an excellent movie. Has a star studded cast, Douglas,Mitchum, Widmark, Sally Field...Very much overlooked classic.

Sherry W

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