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The War Wagon Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Bruce Cabot, Keenan Wynn

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Filmed in 1967, one of John Wayne's later westerns. John Wayne plays Taw Jackson, a recently released convicted felon. He returns to his old haunts in New Mexico where he once owned a ranch. Everything is now owned by Pierce, played by Bruce Cabot, including the marshall. Pierce also owns Jackson's property. Since he was gone, Pierce discovered gold on the property and is now mining it. Jackson figures that Pierce obtained his property illegally so does not have the gold legally either. He decides to rob Pierce. He can't do it at the mine, there are too many people around. He figures to rob the gold dust while it is in transport to the bank. But the "war wagon" is an iron coach guarded by three dozen men. How can he get the gold? He gathers four other men and figures they can do the job. Kirk Douglas plays the wise-cracking Lomax, an expert in safe-cracking. Levi is an Indian who gets his friends to play a role. Billy is an expert with explosives. And Keenan Wynn is an employee of Pierce's who is always hauling material for him, but always steals from him. He can be loyal to Jackson and haul away the gold without suspicion. But first they have to overcome a far superior force. Can they do it?
The review of this Movie prepared by BethG








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   prospecting/locating gold

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Desert?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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