Wagons East! (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wagons East! (1994)



Critic Consensus: Wagons East! is a witless, toothless satire of Westerns that falls far below the standard set by Blazing Saddles, and is notable only for being John Candy's final screen performance.

Movie Info

The late comedian John Candy made his final appearance in this Western comedy which pokes fun at contemporary values in an old West setting. In a run-down grubby Southwestern town, a group of pioneers decide they've had enough, load up their covered wagons and head back east. They are lead by an alcoholic wagon-master with no sense of direction. Unfortunately for the un-pioneers, the wagon-master's last job was trail guide for the Donner party. The travellers meet opposition from railroad barons who encourage people to go West. The barons fear that if word gets out that the West is less than a paradise, they will lose their shirts. To stop the group, the bosses hire a bumbling gun slinger, and later bribe the Calvary. The pioneers are aided by Indians only too happy to escort the motley band out of their territory.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jerry Abrahamson, Matthew James Carlson, Matthew Carlson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2002
Artisan Entertainment


John Candy
as Harlow
Ed Lauter
as Slade
Rodney A. Grant
as Little Feather
Charles Rocket
as Larchmont
Melinda Culea
as Constance Taylor
Joe Bays
as River Townsman
Abraham Benrubi
as Abe Ferguson
Jill Boyd
as Prudence Taylor
Douglas Carlson
as Bar Patron
Bud Davis
as Desperado Leader
Thomas F. Duffy
as Clayton Ferguson
David Dunard
as Harry Bob Ferguson
Steve Eastin
as Bartender
Randy Hall
as Pony Express Rider
Chad Hamilton
as Ricky Jones
Don Lake
as Lieutenant Bailey
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Irving Ferguson
Robin McKee
as Lindsey
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Zack Ferguson
Mauricio Martinez
as Card Player
Denver Mattson
as Card Player
Ingrid Nuernberg
as Henrietta Wheeler
Tony Pierce
as Junior Ferguson
Derek Senft
as Jeremiah Taylor
Marcie Smolin
as Woman on Trail
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Critic Reviews for Wagons East!

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

[An] anemic Blazing Saddles-wannabe.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A poorly focused and rhythmless collection of vignettes, Wagons East! does contain a few funny ideas and some decent performances that simply are not enough to rescue the movie.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With credits that include such garbage as Hot Dog... The Movie, director and former hockey player Peter Markle displays an utter lack of comic sensibility.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A sunshiney hodgepodge of bad jokes, nice scenery and reverse stereotypes.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A typically rickety vehicle, just dumb enough that it actually submerges Candy's sweet, perky persona in what's basically a sullen, grizzled straight-man role.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wagons East!

Wagons East is an entertaining and underrated film that was the last feature starring John Candy, who died on the set of the film. The film does boast some flaws, but is nonetheless fun, humorous and well acted. Although not as great as other Western comedies, this is a film that still manages to overcome its flaws due to Candy's usually memorable screen presence. Wagons East is not as great as Blazing Saddles, but it manages to be a whimsical comedy that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Although not the best John Candy film, this is not a bad movie either. In terms of a comedy, this is a humorous picture that definitely should be seen. The cast here are good and aside from John Candy, John C. McGinley is one of the standout aspects of the film as homosexual bookseller Julian. I thought he was very funny in his performance, and I always enjoy McGinley's work no matter what he does. Watching Wagons East, I don't understand all the hatred that the film has garnered upon its release and it definitely is an underrated movie that brings on a few good laughs, an interesting story and a few standout performances. Although it had its fair share of flaws, I quite enjoyed this comedy yarn and it doesn't deserve all the negative reviews it has received. Wagons East is no Blazing Saddles, but it makes a pretty mindless hour and a half of comedic fun that isn't that bad. This is one of those films that are underrated for what it is, and though it is far from the best Western comedy, it's not the worst. If you enjoy John Candy, give this one a shot. Unfortunately this was his final film, but at least he managed to make me laugh one last time with this one.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A fun western wagon trek with John Candy. I liked the funny gay cowboy character.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Meh, It's just so predictable and average. Very minimal laughs.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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