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  • Actors: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel, Robert Walker Jr., Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Burt Kennedy
  • Writers: Clair Huffaker
  • Producers: Marvin Schwartz
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOWN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Wayne and Kirk Douglas star in this action-packed Western. Rancher Taw Jackson (Wayne) seeks revenge upon cattle baron West Catlin, who had robbed him of his life savings and his reputation years before. When he discovers that his nemesis is hiding half a million dollars of gold bullion in an armoured stagecoach, Taw gathers together a motley crew to help him steal it.

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John Wayne and Kirk Douglas make a delightful duo in this comedic Western in which Wayne seeks revenge on a ruthless mine owner (Bruce Cabot) who had him framed and sent to prison. Upon his release, Wayne recruits Douglas in a scheme to raid and rob one of Cabot's gold-laden wagons, despite the fact that Douglas had been offered good money to kill Wayne. He joins Wayne instead (the potential profits being much greater), and they set out to ambush the War Wagon, so named because it's heavily armored, mounted with a Gatling gun, and guarded by a dozen gunmen on horses. Costarring Keenan Wynn and Howard Keel as a wise-cracking Indian, The War Wagon was a Western precursor to the action buddy films of the 1980s and '90s, serving up plenty of exciting action and constant comic relief. The interplay between Wayne and Douglas is sharp and sarcastic, and their motley crew of accomplices provides yet another source of character-driven humour. Not one of the greatest Westerns ever made, but certainly one of the most lightly entertaining. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
As a piece of pure entertainment "The War Wagon" works perfectly. It is very much a feel good movie. We see the bad guys get a deserved whupping. People get shot, but there is not much blood. The Duke dominates the screen once more without really trying, and is aided an abetted by Kirk Douglas in another of his likeable rogue roles. The film is directed by Burt Kennedy, who always shows a sure hand where comedy is concerned, and it abounds with good light hearted humour. The screenplay was by that stalwart writer of westerns Clair Huffaker, and everyone in the cast seems to be having a good time, and earning money doing it! The fun is infectious, and it is a film that is hard to dislike.

The story concerns John Wayne as Taw Jackson, a man who has been cheated out of his ranch and land by a double dealing villain played by Bruce Cabot. Jackson has spent three years in jail while Cabot has been mining gold from his land and making a fortune. His gold shipments are made in an armour plated stagecoach, complete with gatling gun, known as "The War Wagon" funnily enough! Jackson enlists the help of a motley assortment of characters to try the impossible, and rob the the wagon of its largest shipment. There is action aplenty, and not all our characters survive to the final scene. There is double dealing and a surprise ending.

Okay so the film is not a classic in the vein of more thought provoking films like "The Searchers", "Shane" and "The Wild Bunch". But it is great to sit down and watch with a few munchies, as what can best be described as A1 no brainer entertainment. I mean we have two great stars sharing some funny banter together. When Wayne and Douglas shoot two heavies simultaneously, Douglas declares "mine hit the ground first", and Wayne retorts "but mine was taller".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
John Wayne and Kirk Douglas appeared together in three films between 1965 and 1967. First off was "In Harm's Way" in 1965, then the ensemble picture that was "Cast a Giant Shadow" in 1966. Then came this film, their first Western, and sadly their last outing together. Sadly because The War Wagon shows a real genuine chemistry between two men who were very different socially; but on screen they clearly had regard for what each one gave to a movie. Directed by Burt Kennedy and coming out of Wayne's own Batjac Productions, The War Wagon centres around two old friends (some what grudgingly it seems) who plan to rob the vehicle of the title. An armoured stage coach, resplendent with Gatling Gun, manned front middle and centre with crack shot gunmen, and full of gold, lots of gold! Adding fuel to the fire is that the Wagon is run by a man called Frank Pierce (Bruce Cabot), who stole Taw Jackson's (Wayne) ranch as he "cough-cough" served time in jail. Further upping the intrigue is that Pierce wants to hire known gunman Lomax (Douglas) to kill Jackson, oblivious that the two men are plotting to rob him.

If that all sounds like a caper movie then you would be right, because it is, and a splendid one at that. A caper movie in a Western setting, lusciously photographed by Duke Wayne's favourite cinematographer, William H. Clothier at Durango in Mexico, and rattling along at a fair old clip. Support comes in the form of Howard Keel (a humorous turn as Indian Levi Walking Bear), Robert Walker Jr, Keenan Wynn, Valora Noland and look out for Bruce Dern in a short but effective role.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
As a piece of pure entertainment "The War Wagon" works perfectly. It is very much a feel good movie. We see the bad guys get a deserved whupping. People get shot, but there is not much blood. The Duke dominates the screen once more without really trying, and is aided an abetted by Kirk Douglas in another of his likeable rogue roles. The film is directed by Burt Kennedy, who always shows a sure hand where comedy is concerned, and it abounds with good light hearted humour. The screenplay was by that stalwart writer of westerns Clair Huffaker, and everyone in the cast seems to be having a good time, and earning money doing it! The fun is infectious, and it is a film that is hard to dislike.

The story concerns John Wayne as Taw Jackson, a man who has been cheated out of his ranch and land by a double dealing villain played by Bruce Cabot. Jackson has spent three years in jail while Cabot has been mining gold from his land and making a fortune. His gold shipments are made in an armour plated stagecoach, complete with gatling gun, known as "The War Wagon" funnily enough! Jackson enlists the help of a motley assortment of characters to try the impossible, and rob the the wagon of its largest shipment. There is action aplenty, and not all our characters survive to the final scene. There is double dealing and a surprise ending.

Okay so the film is not a classic in the vein of more thought provoking films like "The Searchers", "Shane" and "The Wild Bunch". But it is great to sit down and watch with a few munchies, as what can best be described as A1 no brainer entertainment. I mean we have two great stars sharing some funny banter together. When Wayne and Douglas shoot two heavies simultaneously, Douglas declares "mine hit the ground first", and Wayne retorts "but mine was taller".
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