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Wagons East! 1994 PG-13 CC

In the 1860's Wild West, when a ragged bunch of misfit settlers decide they cannot stand living in their current situation, they hire a grizzled cowboy to take them on a journey back to their hometowns east.

Starring:
Joe Bays, Abraham Benrubi
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Western, Adventure, Comedy
Director Peter Markle
Starring Joe Bays, Abraham Benrubi
Supporting actors Jill Boyd, John Candy, Douglas Carlson, Melinda Culea, Ryan Cutrona, Bud Davis, Billy Daydoge, Thomas F. Duffy, David Dunard, Steve Eastin, Roger Eschbacher, Rodney A. Grant, Stuart Proud Eagle Grant, Ellen Greene, Randy Hall, Chad Hamilton, Don Lake, Ed Lauter
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: VHS Tape
A hand full of citizens of various occupations and orientations realize the west is not all it is cracked up to be. They decide to go back east, but to do this they will need a skilled and knowledgeable wagon master. Who should stumble in but the best wagon master in the west, James H. Harlow (John Candy). Naturally there is a money grubbing cabal apposed to this move and they will stop at nothing to throat the "Wagons East" plan.

Well designed with a select group of actors that never overplayed their parts. The consumes and scenes here exceptionally good for the comedy. The Indians look like Indians and the floozies look floozy. The film is jam packed with one liners.
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...This is one funny movie. This is not a movie where a sterling acting performance convinces you that an actor is a different person, or where some fundamental truth aboot human nature is revealed. This is a movie where you laugh your [head] off because of dialog about moccasins, quitters, and big. . . fat. . . books. And if the scene with the insanely effiminate bookstore owner is revealed to be a hardcore bad [dude] doesn't just slay you then you have deep issues. This is one of the great sleeper movies of the 90s'.
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A group of very modern, civilized, citified pioneers who came to the Wild West to start a new life soon find they are sick of the hardships and rustic company, so much so that they make plans to head back East, something that is simply not done. When their wagon train is off and running, the railroad bigwigs get wind of this new, Eastward "movement" and decide to put a stop to it. A hired killer is sent out to thwart their journey, as if the weather, terrain, and Indians weren't enough. On top of that, there is concern that the often drunk wagon master may have been the same one who led the ill-fated Donner Party to their unfortunate circumstance several years prior!

When it was released in 1994, the year of star John Candy's death, "Wagons East!" was not well received. Why people can't enjoy a silly comedy like this now and then, I really don't know. Candy and co-star Richard Lewis lead a very funny cast of characters who end up in many humorous situations, all the while unaware that they are being unsuccessfully attacked by a Wile E. Coyote style villain sent by a greedy railroad tycoon who even has the U.S. Cavalry in his pocket. It's a silly film, and it's certainly not the greatest, some of the jokes even fall flat, but for the most part it is very funny and lots of fun! Well worth spending a night with, and maybe following up with a viewing of "Almost Heroes".

The problem with this DVD is, therefore, not the film, but the presentation itself. Here we only get a fullscreen presentation that must be exactly the same as the VHS was (not a very good print), and with zero bonus features. There's really nothing good that can be said about it. Here's hoping a Blu-Ray does the film better one day. In the meantime, this DVD of "Wagons East!" is all we get, so check it out if you get the chance. The film is not as bad as it's been treated.
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By A Customer on March 13, 2002
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Although I didn't think this movie was as bad as some of the people who reviewed it, I also don't think it's John Candy's best. One thing that might be missed is if you don't know your western history well you won't get some of the jokes!
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People's sense of humor differs; I laughed so hard at this movie I had to see it twice. It's satire, silliness, a cliched send-up of old wagon train movies. The premise alone is funny: don't like it out here in the dusty, lawless, cultureless west so I'm goin' back! The Indians help. John Candy's layered performance is perfect. It's not for everyone, but I loved it.
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..; wow, remember that movie (any old favorite) ? And then think, 'I'd love to see that again.' Well since Amazon has all these PRIME movies, all I have to do is think up one of those goodies from the past .. push the button, and I'm off to the eighties or where ever.I love it!

In this eighties classic: For a group of disgruntled easterners living in the era of "The great Western Expansion" of the 1800's, whom have moved their family's west from the (at the time) relatively civilized and settled east cost....Well, the Ol' West just wasn't meant for everyone. To these meek folks, all the rough living, with all the Indian infested, Cowboy, rootin-tootin, shoot 'em up, has finally grown far too tiresome for a school teacher, a doctor, a shocked and horrified Mail Order Bride, a professional..er..prostitute, a gay librarian, and a whole wagon train of disenchanted easterners. So, they hire a Wagon Master played by the late John Candy (this was his last film unfortunately) to hustle them back east where they should have stayed...where they belonged in the first place; in the City. So, St. Louise bound they go; causing a ripple effect that is truly hilarious to watch! Great movie! Great "family night" movie!
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It seemed I had seen EVERY actor and actress in this movie before in other roles
(though I couldn't always remember where). Prominent of course are John Candy
as the "Wagon Master", and Richard Lewis as one of the disgusted settlers who
have thrown in the towel (if they still had one) and decided to go back East where
they belong. In other words: this is a comedy. But it is not a guffaw out loud
comedy; there is not a lot of potty humor or crude language and no nudity (though
sexual innuendos are scattered about often enough). Richard Lewis has one scene
in which it looks like he's going to do a portion of one of his stand-up acts but he
doesn't (maybe that's supposed to be some of the subtle humor). John Candy started
out looking completely unrecognizable both visually and by voice; it was only when
the camera panned up close on his face (and his voice started to become more
natural) that he was recognizable. The DVD version is dedicated to his memory.
This movie is pretty family friendly for at least teenagers on up. No thinking required.
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