The Way West


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.


Kirk Douglas
as Sen. William J. Tadlock
Robert Mitchum
as Dick Summers
Richard Widmark
as Lije Evans
Lola Albright
as Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
Michael Witney
as Johnnie Mack
Stubby Kaye
as Sam Fairman
Sally Field
as Mercy McBee
Mike Witney
as Johnnie Mack
Katherine Justice
as Amanda Mack
Michael McGreevey
as Brownie Evans
Connie Sawyer
as Mrs. McBee
Elisabeth Fraser
as Mrs. Fairman
William Lundigan
as Michael Moynihan
Anne Barton
as Mrs. Moynihan
Roy Barcroft
as Masters
Eve McVeagh
as Mrs. Masters
Peggy Stewart
as Mrs. Turley
Stefan Arngrim
as Billy Tadlock
Jack Elam
as Weatherby
Hal Lynch
as Big Henry
Timothy Scott
as Middle Henry
John Mitchum
as Little Henry
Patric Knowles
as Col. Grant
Patrick Knowles
as Col. Grant
Nick Cravat
as Calvelli
Gary Morris
as Paw-Kee-Mah
Michael Lane
as Sioux Chief
Eddie Little Sky
as Sioux Brave
Michael Keep
as Sioux Brave
Clarke Gordon
as Caleb Greenwood
Jack Coffer
as Cattleman
Everett Creach
as Cattleman
Jim Burk
as Cattleman
Gary McLarty
as Cattleman
Edward Little Sky
as Sioux Brave
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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.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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