The Way West
Andrew V. McLaglen
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This saga of the wagon-train journey of a group of Western pioneers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon along the historic Oregon Trail (from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.) is known for its breathtaking photography of the Western expanse (by William H. Clothier). Kirk Douglas portrays a widowed senator who leads the wagon train, and Robert Mitchum plays the troubled trail scout--a man plagued by poor eyesight. The trials of the trail include Indian attacks and the inevitable human conflicts of men and women who are living in close quarters in a volatile, tense and dangerous atmosphere. Among the members of the party: a highly irascible and colorful Richard Widmark, and Sally Field in her first film role.
The Way West
A great cast and unique plot make this western a must-see. Not your typical old-school cowboys and indians movie. It's pretty dark and edgy for a movie made in this time period.
Original Was Better
This movie seemed to be a poor imitation of How The West Was Won. It was cheesy enough to be moderately entertaining, but it was the cheese that provided the entertainment. I don't think that was how it was intended!
Expected more considering cast
Idealized disjointed story line. One cliche after another. Couldn't finish watching it. Might have worked as a musical where you don't expect any fidelity to reality.