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the way west hats off
- Carl LaFong
great historical western, goes deeper than most of this type of movie. we learn that good people can go bad and visa versa. a very young sally field well on her way to becoming a great actress. in fact she shines in this one. kirk douglas and richard widmark, in fact the whole cast and direction is exellent. only one gripe. who was it gave robert mitchum that stupid looking hat to wear? every time i watch this movie, just as im getting in to it, along comes big bob in that goofy hat and i break up laughiing in tears.
The Way West
Honestly, I think the essence of this film really captures the struggles and obstacles that faced pioneer people. I think the message is far more important than the costuming. I remember reading stories of settlers coming to and settling in Nevada. There were horrific instances that I read about as a child. These stories are what captivated and shocked me. In this film, some of the spirit of these stories was told and acted well. As time has gone by, Hollywood has become more educated as to authenticity but these good old westerns have not and cannot be replaced.
The Way West
- Remmington Steele
This movie like so many westerns in the mid sixties has a cheesy ( Men wearing dude ranch apparel and women with bon-bon hairdos) sort of feel to it, not to take anything away from it, as you have so many great actors and that of course is what saves this movie. Robert Mitchum for instance really does look the part of a mountain man (his hair of course is out of fashion with the times) but he really does look like he has not taken a bath for a long time, which of course is keeping with the times. Kirk Douglas gives a good performance as does Richard Widmark and a great supporting cast including Harry Carey Jr, Patric Knowles and on and on. Good sets, lots of authenticity by this I mean, you have oxen and mules pulling wagons which was more common than horses in 1843, (they still have horses but at least there's a mix) and may I add Sally Fields debut, she really played the role well (except the hair) of a young frontier girl trying to experience love for the first time, just her look and the way she carried herself was good. So its not the acting that takes away so much, but the writing and close attention to detail in some respects and complete lack of it in other areas that make it cheesy i.e. Native Americans with war bonnets and feathers in their hair, come on even in "67" that was cheesy. Andrew Mclaglen who's first movie McLintock had great actors also, but has that cheesy mid sixties (we don't get dirty look) unless of course there's a mud hole nearby. But I will be adding this movie without reservation to my collection.
Widmark and Mitchum save the "Way"
- Jack Jacoby
Great cast somewhat wasted in this poorly produced western, saved only by the wonderful performances of veterans Richard Widmark and Robert Mitchum. This story had great potential that was not nearly realized. Still, watchable for the acting of the leads, and, it's the film debut of perky, pretty, sexy and wildly talented Sally Field, who, of course went on to a brilliant acting career.
J'adore ce film, suis ravi que vous allez le passer, car il n'est pas sorti en dvd. Tous les acteurs sont bons, mais ma preference va Ã Richard Widmark que j'apprecie enormement. Sa mort m'attriste, heuseusement que l'on pourra le revoir a la tv ou en dvd.
- Tom Pelkey
I'm really surprised this movie hasn't been digitalized yet, I'm wondering what you're waiting for? It's a great classic western story with not just one leading actor, but 3, and Sally Fields first screen appearance! They've put alot of crap onto DVD in the recent past, some so old they should've been left in the vault, and I've passed up alot of other westerns because they're not worthy to be in my collection. I've been looking for this one for quite some time now, and if you don't have it to DVD yet, then I believe no-one has. So Please bring it to life for all of us to enjoy at home. Sincerely, Tom Pelkey
THE WAY WEST
- sally mckee
It's been on TV several times and should be put on DVD for the public.