The War Wagon


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96 Min

The War Wagon


An ex-con seeks revenge on the man who put him in prison by planning a robbery of the latter's stagecoach, which is transporting gold. He enlists the help of a partner, who could be working for his nemesis.


May 27th, 1967


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  • Goof (factual errors): The bandoleers of ammo that guards have across their chests contain ammo too large to fit any of the guns (Colts revolvers, Henry repeating rifles) they are carrying.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The view through the back window of the war wagon is in black and white.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the Gatling gun is fired against the wood wall, you can see that the squibs fired from the back side of the boards.
  • Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): Although he is able to speak and understand Spanish throughout the movie, Taw Jackson still needs an interpreter while bargaining with Wild Horse. Given that Wild Horse doesn't want "the white man" in his camp or at his dinner table, it is reasonable that he would refuse to bargain directly with him. Also, it may be that Jackson didn't want Wild Horse to know that he spoke and understood Spanish.
  • Goof (continuity error): From the outside of the War Wagon, the port for the Gatling gun extends to the roof of the turret. From the inside, there is a large metal panel between the top of the port and the roof.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Robert Walker refers to Taw (John Wayne) as John at the end of the film.
  • Goof (continuity error): When the gold wagon crashes it stops with it's right side wheels up. When Taw gets to it, it has it's left side wheels in the air.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): The wagon that runs ungoverned, after the last barrel with gold falls, is driven through the opening below the seat. You can see the invisible crew driver's hands through the opening in one scene, and in the next scene when the wagon is overturning, that opening is closed again and it's not being driven.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Frank Pierce (Bruce Cabot) fires the Gatling gun during Taw Jackson (John Wayne) & company's assault, the barrels fail to revolve. Instead, you can clearly see the flash emanating from the center of the gun, instead of each individual barrel.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): In the scene where Pierce is inspecting the war wagon, there are 2 small spots visible on the wagon not covered by black paint, revealing that the wagon is actually made of wood, not metal.
  • Goof (continuity error): After he opens the safe, Lomax takes a bottle of nitroglycerin and delivers it to Billy. It is completely full. When Billy begins to spill it in another bottle, it is almost empty.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): John Wayne's stunt double is obvious in long shots during the fight in the saloon.
  • Goof (continuity error): As Pierce and Lomax are talking to each other, at the top left corner of the screen, you can clearly see Billy enter the bar with his empty whiskey bottle too early.
  • Goof (continuity error): During the fight in the saloon, Taw's hat is alternately on/off/on between shots.
  • Goof (anachronisms): Taw Jackson mentions the guards carry "Henry Rifles"; but everyone has a '92 or '94 Winchester. Henrys were obsolete in 1866.
  • Goof (factual errors): Taw Jackson identifies the ammo offered by Wes as for a: "Gatlin' Gun". Proper names aren't contracted; and, its ammunition was standardized to the issue army .45-70 (.45 US Govt) or .50-70 cartridges in 1873, these were very common with buffalo hunters and army personnel. Their presence would raise no eyebrows.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): After the gold is loaded and the gang is ready to split up right before the driver less wagon crashes you can see hands holding the reigns in the trap door under the right hand seat.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): As Pierce looks out of the gun port modification to the war wagon at the adobe wall with pots on it, the magazine of the Gatling gun is seen to be empty. Also there is physically not enough room above the gun for one to fit on the gun.
  • Goof (continuity error): When the war wagon crashes, we see one wheel on the upside-down wagon spinning counter-clockwise. In the next shot, it's spinning clockwise.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Pierce fires the Gatling Gun after it is mounted on the War Wagon, it has no ammunition. The Gatling Gun's ammunition was fed from the top of the gun, either in a long magazine or a round one. Neither was in place.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Taw is standing by the front of Wes' wagon and notices the loose gold near Wes's hiding spot, he turns back to the rest of the gang. When the camera angle changes he turns back towards the gang again.
  • Goof (continuity error): Although Lomax wears a ring outside his glove on his left ring finger, when he removes the glove, no ring is visible on that hand, and he is never seen putting the ring in his vest's breast pocket (or anywhere else) with the gloves.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Lomax is opening the safe with the nitro, he sets the lamp (the only light source) in a position which would put the lock in the shadow of the safe itself, yet there is remarkably plenty of light on the lock.
  • Goof (continuity error): At the beginning, as Taw Jackson scouts the movement of the gold shipment, we see a half moon in the sky. Two nights later, when Lomax rides into Emmett, there is a bright full moon. Two days later, when the "war wagon" departs on its run, we again see a half moon in the sky. Note the action of the movie takes place over only a four-day time span - too short a time for the moon to change from half, to full, to half moon again.
  • Goof (anachronisms): Pierce's men carry Henry rifles, but their bandoleers hold .30-40 Krag ammunition. Henry rifle ammunition was short and blunt, not long and tapered.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): In the Pierce's ranch, after Lomax and Billy enter the shack, Lomax lights the lamp. Then, his shadow, holding the lamp, is projected on the wall, but the only light inside the shack is supposed to come from the lamp itself, yet it has a shadow too.
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