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Plot: A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners. Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry, the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the valuable cargo. Written by Steve Crook Runtime: 165 min Release Date: 23 Jun 1965
A Wonderful Movie Experience For People Who Don't Take Themselves Too Seriously (by [email protected])
Unfortunately, the pleasure of enjoying this life-affirming romp through fantasy is greatly diminished without the large screen for which it was designed. The cast is spectacular and so is the music. The dialog is nonstop humor but the narration by John Dehner is even better. I can't think of anyone who could have delivered the lines with such self-parodying pomposity. The interaction between the characters played by Lancaster and Remick leaves one wondering why the two actors weren't teamed regularly. Male and Female have seldom been more accurately and understandingly portrayed. The <more>
treatment of the Indians will likely offend many today. Mel Brooks may be one of the few perhaps the only movie-makers since the 60's who would have taken such a risk. At the time, tolerance was "in" and conditioned hyper-sensitivity and the thought police weren't taken seriously. We get to see Jim Hutton in one of the few roles he could handle well. We are also given a chance to appreciate Pamela Tiffin as more than just the background for a bikini. I'm sure her decision not to pursue a film career more aggressively was a wise one for her but it was nevertheless our loss.
A little piece of sublime brilliance, with each of the characters perfectly played. Burt Lancaster is perfect as the cavalry Colonel slowly losing control over his entire command, and the exchanges between him and Lee Remick are superb. A little gem of a movie
Rip roaring fun (by Kennyjbaran)
I found this little gem at a local video retailer having never heard of it before. I read the DVD cover and with the cast listing I was intrigued. On my first viewing of this film I fell in love with it and have now watched it about a dozen times. I love the concept of a Colorado town sending for liquor to help stave off the effects of what is predicted to be a hard winter. Many of the characters in this movie are funny in their own right but add them all together and you get a movie well worth your time. Sadly many of the actors are no longer with us, Donald Pleasance, Burt Lancaster and Lee <more>
Remick to name a few but they all appeared to be having a blast in this film. If you are not a fan of westerns you might like the comedy element which pokes some fun at some western clichés. I'll not give away any "spoilers" but will tell you the basic plot is the wagon train of whiskey and its trip back to Denver. Mix in ladies of the temperance movement, a tribe of native Americans looking for some fire water, the US Cavalry charged with escorting the women and whiskey to Denver as well as a local profiteer, played by Brian Keith and finally a town militia and you have the recipe for comedy. The DVD I purchased is an excellent release of this film complete with 5.1 surround sound and Elmer Bernstein's excellent musical score including entrance music, intermission and exit music and you have a fun filled viewing of a classic comedy western.
A Wonderful Triumph, A Sure Cure for Depression (by skoyles)
While others find this glorious Western flawed, I only see one of the most comical motion pictures of all time. Most of the lead actors have never done comedy so well; each is hilarious, a credit to the writing. The music is superb and the uncredited voice of the great John Dehner narrating a frankly preposterous fictional set of clashes as though they were embarrassing history is a triumph. With such memorable lines as "Not on my bear rug!" to "... and I hate the Indians!" to a simple "Oh dear" to "...and a good Republican", this is a classic to <more>
John Sturges created this film with tongue planted firmly in cheek. It's best enjoyed in its "letterbox' format, as it was shot in Ultra-Panavision, which at the time was being touted as the "new, improved" CINERAMA. Robert Surtees' photography is wide and wonderful and Elmer Bernstein's jaunty score highlights the film perfectly. Also, it's an opportunity to see four greats who have now passed on, Lancaster, Hutton, Remick, and Pleasance at the top of their craft.
Unusual but enjoyable (by artzau)
I think Lancaster was at his best and Lee Remick simply did not know how to give an inadequate performance. Some reviewers here whine and chime about the lack of perfection, but who knows or cares, for that matter what they have in their mind. This is a funny movie. I remember seeing it in the theater and laughing all the way through it. No, it's not a serious film at all but dang it, just seeing Donald Pleasance give out those wild-eyed glossalalia-like cries after a taste of the demon likker, was worth the price of a ticket. I loved this film and enjoyed Lee Remick in everything I <more>
ever saw her in. Martin Landau, an underappreciated actor who later came to fame in the TV series, MI long before those corny psuedotechno-thriller movies with Tom Cruise and for his great Role as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, is great as the blue-eyed Native American. I especially liked old Brian Keith as the entrepreneur declaring himself to be a "Republican," and Robert Wilke, another great character actor as Chief Five Barrels. While this film may please all I've yet to see or read about one that has , I found it a delightful romp.
And that was Brian Keith's reason as to why he expected to get good service from the U.S. Cavalry. Ironically enough in post Civil War America that's about all it took.Poor Burt Lancaster in one of his few ventures into comedy, as commander of a frontier army post, he's expected to provide good order between the conflicting demands of drunken townsman, Republican businessmen, temperance women, and a tribe of Indians looking to get their hands on white man's firewater.Lancaster overacts outrageously, sort of a Sergeant Warden now an officer and hating every minute of it. Comedy <more>
is a little strange for the intense Mr. Lancaster. He's good, but I think Robert Mitchum would have been a natural fit for the lead.Lee Remick is leader of the temperance workers and in our time they can certainly be made an object of fun. Their efforts led to Prohibition ultimately which produced far more evils than demon rum. But it should never be forgotten that with the second class position of women in the 19th century as homemakers and little more else, keeping the male breadwinner sober and working was not a humorous thing. The roots of the temperance movement are very real.But this is a comedy and Lee Remick as a liberated woman of her time is expanding a bit on the part she played in Wheeler Dealers. Lots of similarity between this role as Cora Massingale and her part in Wheeler Dealers as Molly Thatcher, a pioneer woman stockbroker.The rest of the cast is fine, I would single out Brian Keith as the choleric taxpayer and good Republican and Donald Pleasance the psychic and alcoholic scout. John Sturges made some of the best action films of the 50s and 60s and this is certainly a good one. Also Elmer Bernstein's score is a winner.
This movie has always been a mystery to me. I loved it and chuckled to myself all the way through it, however, for some reason I have never been able to explain,it just does not work like it should.Great cast from top to bottom, good charaterization and many good scenes and some others that just don't quite work. I love it anyway and watch my copy at least twice a year.
Too long, but with great bits (by proffate)
From the era of "epic" comedies like The Great Race and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Hallelujah Trail was the entry in the western category. Lots of funny stuff, but just too long to sustain the hilarity.A favorite bit concerns temperance leader Lee Remick unsuccessfully trying to convince cavalry officer Burt Lancaster of the rightness of her cause:LEE: Three of the women in my movement have lost their husbands to alcohol. The men literally drank themselves to death!BURT: One can only wonder why.There are enough gems like this to make it worth watching, but not up to <more>
the standards of Blazing Saddles or Support Your Local Sheriff.