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The Way West (1967)

January 28th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1960's, Oregon film, Oregon film old definition, Westerns

Kirk Douglas heads across the plains to build a Utopia, but all he has to work with are marginal farmers, bankrupt businessmen, religious zealots, parolees, visionaries and con men, who are more prone to listen to Richard Widmark. Robert Mitchum attempts to guide them.

Not the right Western to start with, if you’re dubious about the genre. Start with the model they worked from, The Covered Wagon (1923) or my personal favorite, The Big Trail (1930).

Things To Know About The Way West

1. Sally Field’s first film role

2. Andrew McLaglen’s second Oregon film (after Shenandoah)

3. Kirk Douglas’ second Oregon film (after Indian Fighter)

4. Robert Mitchum’s third Oregon film (after Rachel and the Stranger and The Lusty Men)

5. Made the same year as Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate.

The Way West was shot entirely in Oregon, an impeccable credential for qualifying as an Oregon film.

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