The Way West

The Way West

Andrew V McLaglen (1967)

116min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Directed by Andrew V McLaglen from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by AB Guthrie Jr, this spectacular western boasts a magnificent leading trio of Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Richard Widmark in roles they were born to play. The scale is impressive as politician Douglas leads a wagon train west along the hazardous Oregon Trail to California. Mitchum is remarkably good as a scout and watch out for the young Sally Field in her movie debut as a teenage tease. Bronislau Kaper's outstanding score is a splendid accompaniment to the action and deserves to be better known.

Summary

A senator and a veteran scout lead a band of settlers on an arduous journey across the great plains of 19th-century America. However, they face the prospect of reprisals from Native Americans when one of the pioneers accidentally shoots a child. Western, starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Lola Albright, Michael Witney, Richard Widmark and Sally Field in her big-screen debut.

Cast & Crew

Senator William J Tadlock Kirk Douglas
Dick Summers Robert Mitchum
Lije Evans Richard Widmark
Rebecca Evans Lola Albright
Johnnie Mack Michael Witney
Mercy McBee Sally Field
Amanda Mack Katherine Justice
Sam Fairman Stubby Kaye
Director Andrew V McLaglen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Violence
Drama