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The Way West

1967, Western, 2h 2m

6 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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In search of greener pastures, Senator William J. Tadlock (Kirk Douglas) heads west, with scores of settlers following behind. Tadlock has hired an experienced scout, Dick Summers (Robert Mitchum), to accompany the caravan on the way from Missouri to Oregon. But hazards along the trail, and Tadlock's increasing megalomania, threaten to break up the expedition. Their problems get bigger when one of the pilgrims accidentally kills the son of a Sioux chief.

Cast & Crew

Kirk Douglas
Sen. William J. Tadlock
Robert Mitchum
Dick Summers
Lola Albright
Rebecca "Becky" Evans
Michael Witney
Johnnie Mack
Stubby Kaye
Sam Fairman
Sally Field
Mercy McBee
Jack Elam
Preacher Weatherby
Mitch Lindemann
Screenwriter
Ben Maddow
Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper
Original Music
William H. Clothier
Cinematographer
Otho Lovering
Film Editing
Ted Haworth
Art Director
Robert Priestley
Set Decoration
Norma Koch
Costume Design
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  • May 22, 2009
    I thought it might be fun to see Mitchum and Douglas reunited twenty years after <I>Out of the Past</I>; I couldn't have been more wrong. <I>The Way West</I> is an overlong, tedious western based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, set - like Anthony Mann's infinitely superior <I>Bend of the River</I> - 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.
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