The Way West (1967)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Revisionist Western  |   Release Date - May 24, 1967 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Senator William J. Tadlock (Kirk Douglas) enlists the help of veteran scout Dick Summers (Robert Mitchum) to lead a wagon train of settlers from Missouri to Oregon in this plodding, routine western. A scared settler accidently shoots an Indian boy who is mistaken for a wolf, prompting Summers to order newlywed triggerman Johnny Mack (Michael Witney) to be hanged to avoid an Indian attack. Sally Field appears in her first big-screen role as the slatternly Mercy McBee.

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buffalo, frontiersman, journey, Native-American, on-the-road, stampede, wagon-train