Wagons East (1994)


“[drunk] We leave at dawn… noon-ish.” – James H. Harlow

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of settlers in the Old West decide to pack up and return back to the safety of the East.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided watching for over twenty five years because I never heard anything good about it and I knew that John Candy died during production which kept me far away.

This was a horrendous film that makes no sense what so ever.

They try really hard to spoof the whole Wagon train idea of the Old West and they fail to make things work on any level.

The characters are all caricatures and come across quite superficially the whole way through and they never even try to develop any of them on a more personal level.

The film’s tone is uneven and that also contributes to the peculiar feeling of it all the whole way through.

The plot is quite strange and they forget that this is suppose to be a comedy since there are very few (if any) scenes that are worth laughing at.

The most disappointing thing about this film is the fact that it has a very talented comedic cast that just aren’t given enough to do.

In addition to Candy, this film features Richard Lewis, but neither hit their comedic marks with these characters and situations.

The most unfortunate thing about this movie is the fact that it will always be known solely as the film that caused Candy to have a heart attack and pass away while filming it.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that despite having some great comedians doesn’t work on any level. The way that they try to spoof wagon train stories falls completely flat and they never find the right tone in order to make the audience care about anything. The characters are all quite superficial and none are developed even close to being enough. The story unfolds in a very peculiar way that just isn’t funny and it all seems far too silly an idea the whole way trough. Unfortunately, the film’s only notoriety is the fact that the great comic legend Candy died during production.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Candy died during filming. His few remaining scenes were either not filmed, or were filmed using a stand-in, then re-written not to involve him. His second bar sequence re-uses footage from his earlier bar sequence. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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