The War Wagon


The War Wagon

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John Wayne and Kirk Douglas spend half of The War Wagon trying to knock one another off and the other half working shoulder to shoulder. Settling an old score with avaricious mine owner Bruce Cabot, Wayne plans to steal a $500,000 gold shipment from his enemy. Douglas, at first hired by Cabot to kill Wayne, goes along with the robbery scheme. Also in on the plan is Howard Keel, superbly cast as a world-weary, wisecracking Native American (it's the sort of part that nowadays would go to Graham Greene). The titular war wagon is the armor-plated, Gatling-gun fortified stagecoach wherein Cabot's gold is transported. Thus the stage is set for a slam-bang finale, and director Burt Kennedy isn't about to disappoint the viewers. Best bit: after Kirk and The Duke gun down Cabot's henchmen Bruce Dern and Chuck Roberson, Douglas quips "Mine hit the ground first"--whereupon Wayne replies "Mine was taller." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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John Wayne
as Taw Jackson
Howard Keel
as Levi Walking Bear
Robert Walker Jr.
as Billy Hyatt
Keenan Wynn
as Wes Catlin
Bruce Cabot
as Frank Pierce
Valora Noland
as Kate Catlin
Bruce Dern
as Hammond
Terry Wilson
as Sheriff Strike
Sheb Wooley
as Dan Snyder
Ann McCrea
as Felicia
Frank McGrath
as Bartender
Marco Antonio
as Wild Horse
Jose Trinidad Villa
as Townsman at Bar
Miko Mayama
as Asian girl
Margarito Luna
as Asian Girl
as Asian girl
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Critic Reviews for The War Wagon

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Audience Reviews for The War Wagon

  • Apr 17, 2011
    A very enjoyable western, with Wayne in his usual top form, and Kirk Douglas with an on-screen charisma that is able to match the Duke. Definitely worth checking out, look for it on HD movie net.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2010
    I just really love this movie, two of my favorite actors sharing the screen together in a buddy western. John Wayne and Kirk Douglas are so great together and really make things so much fun, every joke and banter lands perfectly. The plot is really cool, a heist on a battle wagon, it doesn't get much better than that. It's an easy flowing movie that is lovable down to the core.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2010
    Great Western. The Duke seeks revenge on a ruthless mine owner who had him framed and sent to prison. He plans to do so by stealing his gold. The War Wagon is great fun with plenty of exciting action and constant comic relief. The interplay between Wayne and Douglas was sharp and sarcastic, making them an entertaining duo Overall well worth checking out.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2009
    It might not be great cinema but it's great fun!
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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