The Hallelujah Trail

The Hallelujah Trail

John Sturges (1965)

151min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Beleaguered cavalry officer Burt Lancaster is under attack from a bizarre collection of pressure groups in this entertaining comedy western. Lee Remick leads a brigade of temperance women who are trying to stop a shipment of whiskey from reaching liquor-dry Denver, while local Sioux tribesmen are equally eager to divert the barrels of booze. Director John Sturges is free with the wagon-trail clichés, not always to great effect, but the film's still worth a look, if only for Martin Landau as the deadpan Chief Walks-Stooped-Over and Donald Pleasence as a drunken town oracle.

Summary

A US Cavalry colonel is ordered to escort a trainload of whisky to Denver. Prepared for a straightforward job, he little realises the trouble his cargo will cause, as a gang of temperance ladies and a rascally Sioux tribe try to get their hands on the shipment for very different reasons. Comedy Western, starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton, Donald Pleasence and Martin Landau.

Cast & Crew

Col Thadeus Gearhart Burt Lancaster
Cora Templeton Massingale Lee Remick
Capt Paul Slater Jim Hutton
Chief Walks-Stooped-Over Martin Landau
Oracle Jones Donald Pleasence
Frank Wallingham Brian Keith
Louise Gearhart Pamela Tiffin
Sgt Buell John Anderson
Kevin O'Flaherty Tom Stern
Chief Five Barrels Robert J Wilke
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama