You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Way West

A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member of the party.

With:
Kirk Douglas Robert Mitchum Richard Widmark Lola Albright Jack Elam Sally Field

A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member of the party.

Project probably looked good on paper, but washed out in scripting, direction and pacing. Incidents do not build to any climax; excepting the first and last reels, any others could be shown out of order with no apparent discontinuity.

The three male stars all could have phoned in their acting. Douglas, the stern disciplinarian, at one point orders Negro slave Roy Glenn to whip him; this incident, as written, is crude, and instead of indicating a Spartan attempt at selfcontrol, it comes across as unmotivated masochism.

The Way West

Production: United Artists. Director Andrew V. McLaglen; Producer Harold Hecht; Screenplay Ben Maddow, Mitch Lindemann; Camera William H. Clothier; Editor Otho Lovering; Music Bronislau Kaper; Art Director Ted Haworth

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 122 MIN.

With: Kirk Douglas Robert Mitchum Richard Widmark Lola Albright Jack Elam Sally Field

More Film

  • BondIt Media Capital

    BondIt Media Capital Closes $20 Million Credit Facility (EXCLUSIVE)

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

  • Brookings Institution presents "The Life She

    Brookings Institution Doc Puts a Human Face on the Medical Marijuana Movement

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

  • Playback Podcast: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini'

    Playback: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini' and the Erosion of Mid-Budget Studio Filmmaking

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

  • The Equalizer 2 trailer

    Denzel Washington Is Back in Action in 'Equalizer 2' Trailer

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

  • Robert Redford

    Robert Redford's 'The Old Man and the Gun' Lands Awards-Season Opening

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

  • Empty movie theater

    Netflix and Byron Allen Could Be Getting Into the Movie Theater Business

    A.B. Guthrie Jr wrote the Pulitzer Prize novel on which Ben Maddow and Mitch Lindemann have based a rambling screenplay. Story takes a group of Missouri farmers, under martinet Kirk Douglas, to the promised land of Oregon. Robert Mitchum is the trail scout who leads them despite fading eyesight, and Richard Widmark an irascible member […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content