Genere Guesstimation – The War Wagon (1967)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews we will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Great choice Drew!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Heist Films…

war wagon“I can’t afford to let you get killed, unless I do it! ” – Lomax

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A recently released prisoner travels back to his home town in order to enact revenge on the land baron who framed him and got him sent to prison

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of both John Wayne and Kirk Douglas’ movies and what a thrill it was to see them together because they were such opposites in their acting styles, political beliefs and looks but still fit together so perfectly with great chemistry on the rare occasions where they got to work together.

This is a fun Western that is able to put things together very well and keep us interested throughout.  I liked the flow of it all and it was kept to a trim 100 minutes so it didn’t feel drawn out at all.

The heist itself is planned well and despite blatant stereotypical predictable behavior of some of the characters, oit still works quite well.

The one thing that I felt missed the mark a bit tho was the whole idea of certain things done in secret but then not much is done to keep it a secret, this leads one to wonder how powerful and intelligent the land baron really is even though he is portrayed as being quite devious and carefully thoughtful of all his actions.

Bottom Line – Douglas and Wayne are great together. Loved how this heist movie was planned out despite part being very stereotypical and predictable.  Very enjoyable western that put so many things together properly. One flaw IMHO is the way certain things are done supposedly in secret but not much is really done to conceal them leading to slight confusion. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the production, Kirk Douglas was late to the set because he was shooting a commercial endorsement for the Democratic Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown. John Wayne was furious, and was late to work the next day because he was shooting a commercial for the Republican candidate Ronald Reagan.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close. It’s a very well thought on and interesting heist film, but it just misses the mark.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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