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Waterhole #3 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Coburn , Carroll O'Connor , William A. Graham    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor, Margaret Blye, Claude Akins, Timothy Carey
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: Joseph T. Steck, Robert R. Young
  • Producers: Blake Edwards, Joseph T. Steck, Ken Wales, Owen Crump
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Y08K6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious hippie western? 5 Oct 2008
I watched this for the first time in my late youth in the late sixties and remember it as an aparte, twisted Western parody and a break from the usual Spaghetti- or classic John Wayne type- Westerns we used to get in those days.
Few movies from back then will stand the toll of the times and neither does this one I'm afraid. But as a remark of the new hippie anti-heroism and progressive criticism to the classical type Western movie it was not bad. New and different type of heroes were being created in those days.
The way Lewton Cole(Coburn) expedites his adversary in the beginning sets the new way of this movie right at the beginning. He does away with the traditional duel of the West. Timothy Cary (The late and the Great!) plays the most hilarious character by far and is close kin to Donald Sutherland's tank commander character in Kelly's Heroes. I'm always fond of James Whitmore, but he never gets the chance to show his caliber here, so look elsewhere for him to excel. Coburn is steady as usual and Carroll O'Connor (as in Archie Bunker) plays convincingly as Sheriff with a questionable attitude. Margaret Blye as the sheriff's daughter does not get much to play on I'm afraid. So the sixties were not as progressive for women as we like to remember, I'm afraid. That came much later.
The pace of the movie is far from today's standards, but it is surprisingly modern for its time. So maybe the best way is to watch a few
Westerns of the classical school, even Eldorado, before you see this. Then you'll be in the right frame of mind to be a little bit surprised!
Otherwise it will appear a bit lame, I'm afraid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Politically incorrect but funny 15 July 2011
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Slightly dated but none the less a funny film.Coburn is an anti-hero as demonstrated by the opening gun-fight(shall not spoil it
by describing it,if you haven't seen it)Every one is corrupt and the film is very much in the style of the popular spaghetti films of the era.Coburn having taken the not so unwilling Margaret Blye describes the 'rape 'as assault with a friendly weapon-This was acceptable when the film was first released. However the film is funny and worth watching
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto You... 16 Nov 2003
By Chad Taylor - Published on
This movie is one to put on your list. A comedy of the old west where greed, corruption and lawlessness run rampant! James Coburn who is out to get whatever he can including a maiden's virtues is fantastic in this part. Carrol O'Connor as a wayward sheriff who's more concern for his pocket rather than the law is great as well as Bruce Dern who's at his typical not quite all their best! Roger Miller's music throughout this morality play gone wrong makes this film. This needs to be on DVD!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a review but a plea 30 Oct 2004
By breezed - Published on
Anything I could say has pretty much already been said. This is a hidden treasure. Please please, whoever has the authority to do so, please put this out in a quality DVD edition. I really can't understand why it already isn't. Sadly, James Coburn isn't around anymore to do an audio commentary. I would really like to hear from all the principals what it was like to make this movie.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindless fun 27 Aug 2006
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James Coburn plays a stereotypical bad guy in this movie about a western gold robbery. Challenged in a bar to a gunfight at sundown, he walks out into the street but instead of the classical walk toward the other gunfighter, he walks around to the other side of his horse, takes the rifle out of the scabbard, sites across the saddle and shoots the gunfighter from a distance. From the body of the victim, he takes a map to stolen gold and the fun begins. The movie is actually set in a lighthearted vein, with occasional crosses into the dark side. Coburn wants the sheriff's horse, so he locks the sheriff into his own jail with no clothes and proceeds to the sheriff's place to steal the horse. This movie never heard of politically correct. The sheriff wants the gold as much as Coburn and of course there is the sheriff's daughter, who is no sure what she wants. In the background, the soundtrack has a song which talks about the "code of the west" even as every body in the movie violates it. I gave the movie 4 stars not 5, because it is not one of the greats, the plot is kind of shallow and the acting a little wooden at times, but it is a fun show.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Coburn's best Western Farce 17 Dec 2009
By A. J. KITCHEN - Published on
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There is a scene where the con-man (James Coburn) does the card version of the shell game to perfection just before going out to do a gunfight. He throws off the scene in such a manner that you can't help but laugh. The gunfight is classic as well. Afterwards, he obtains information concerning a treasure that is placed in the vicinity of waterhole number 3. By the time he gets to the town on the way to the waterholes, he needs a new horse. So he talks to the Sheriff and his Deputy (Caroll O'Connor and Bruce Dern) about the location of a good horse. It just happens that the best horse is the Sheriff's and is not for sale. The con-man, not to be slowed down at all, locks the Sheriff and the Deputy in their own jail and gives them an incentive to keep quite about it. When he gets caught in the barn with the horse (and his pants around his ankles) by the Sheriff's daughter (Margaret Blye), he takes a little time to get to know her. The Sheriff upon finding that his horse is gone is heartbroken, but learns from his daughter that the con-man has gone into the desert. For their own reasons, both the Sheriff and his daughter are intent on tracking the con-man down. General mayhem ensues and when the dust settles, the con-man is left with having to make a decision about his priorities. Once the decision is made and he acts on it, the only thing left is to roll the credits, stop the film and realize that you have enjoyed the roller coaster ride for the last couple of hours (no heavy lifting required). Honorable mention goes to Joan Blondell, Claude Aikens and James Whitmore for fun moments in the film as well. Over all, it's a well paced, fun romp.Waterhole #3
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coburn at his amoral peak 21 Nov 2002
By David Mullenix - Published on
I heard the Roger Miller soundtrack first and then I HAD to see the movie! It didn't dissapoint. James Coburn, Carol O'Connor, stolen gold, Hilb the "frontier delinquent" (Roger Miller's term), a wronged damsel, rank discrimination ("arrest the foreigner") and the not quite good girl winning it all in the end. Want more? How about James Coburn called out into the street for a gunfight - which he wins by shooting his challenger with the challenger's own rifle, from behind the challenger's own horse?
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