Waterhole No. 3 (1967)





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"A rootin', tootin', but sincere picture" was the advertising tag for the comedy western Waterhole No. 3. James Coburn plays the likeably amoral hero, who'll go to any lengths to get his mitts on a treasure map. Like his principal rival, renegade confederate cavalryman Claude Akins, Coburn knows that a fortune in gold bullion is hidden near a desert waterhole; the trick is finding the damned thing. Along the way, Coburn humiliates redneck sheriff Carroll O'Connor and "has his way" with O'Connor's far from unwilling daughter Maggie Blye. When Blye, cast aside by Coburn in favor of his treasure quest, screams rape, Coburn replies that his only crime is "assault with a friendly weapon." Just try to get that bit past an audience in 1996. Supervised by Blake Edwards, Waterhole No. 3 is agreeably irreverent, though a little editing here and there wouldn't have hurt.
Classics , Comedy , Western
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James Coburn
as Lewton Cole
Carroll O'Connor
as Sheriff John Copperud
Maggie Blye
as Billee Copperud
Claude Akins
as Sgt. Henry Foggers
Bruce Dern
as Deputy
Joan Blondell
as Lavinia
James Whitmore
as Capt. Shipley
Harry Davis
as Ben Agajanian
Roy Jenson
as Doc Quinlen
Jim Boles
as Cpl. Blyth
Ted Markland
as Soldier
Rupert Crosse
as Prince
Jay Ose
as Bartender
Buzz Henry
as Cowpoke
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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What's the difference between the terms "criminal" and "rogue"? This film's opinion is that its only a matter of presentation. And so it is that James Coburn's character kills a man in a cowardly and despicable manner and then goes from there to rape a woman and its A-OK in this stilted and cross-eyed piece of work that's main excuse is that its trying to be funny. Instead its "meh". There was something I enjoyed here, and that was Carroll O'Connor performing w/o that Archie Bunker affectation over everything - he really was a good actor. Pass it by.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Coburn and O'Connor are fun, but slow pacing and few surprises. Huge problems with some of the premises.

Scott Ludwig
Scott Ludwig

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