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The War Wagon - Westerns Collection 2011 [DVD]

John Wayne , Kirk Douglas , Burt Kennedy    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas
  • Directors: Burt Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Greek, French, Russian, Danish, Hebrew, Turkish, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TJ0R9M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action and Fun Aplenty. 24 Jan 2010
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars An Action Filled Fun Fest. 24 Jan 2010
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good film
Published 1 day ago by Y. C. Ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 days ago by PETER KETTLE
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne what more is to be said
A good comedy Western with a serious agenda. John at his best, Howard Keel a little suspect, when compared to his role in Calamity Jane.
Published 3 months ago by F. H. Moffat
3.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun
This Burt Kennedy directed caper is an enjoyable escapade - don't expect great acting or a detailed plot, but it remains the only western to team John Wayne and Kirk Douglas - it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by westernbuff
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i have screen this acouple of time but my mother has not so brought this for her still great viewing
Published 3 months ago by kim elliston
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best.
I hoped this would be a classic but afraid the acting just seemed a bit to corny and looked dated in its delivery
Published 3 months ago by t j ball
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN WAYNE
As an avid life long John Wayne Western films follower I enjoyed this Film and in living colour Blu-Ray
it is superb.
Published 4 months ago by Gerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned entertainment.
One of the best John Wayne films ever made great to have it on Blu ray..great delivery great price..more region 2 or region free please.
Published 5 months ago by leo
5.0 out of 5 stars A western comedy in which both John Wayne and Kirk Douglas clearly had...
This western/heist film made in 1967 is a pure comedy in which we can see two giants of Hollywood giving to their public all they had and could borrow, when in the same time... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAR WAGON
TWO FINE ACTORS AT THEIR BEST. GOOD STORY LINE. I AM BIASED SIMPLY BECAUSE I AM A KEEN WESTERN FAN. I ONLY CHOOSE THE BEST.
Published 8 months ago by wally
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