Wagons East!

1 h 47 min1994X-RayPG-13
They came for gold, but now they'll settle for indoor plumbing. John Candy and Richard Lewis star in this hilariously unconventional look at the legendary West.
Peter Markle
John CandyRichard LewisEllen Greene
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John C. McGinley
Gary GoodmanBarry RosenRobert NewmyerJeffrey Silver
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fairwell John Candy, one of the many Great Actors of my childhood!
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If you want a Western Movie, this probably isn't for you. But if you can understand the comedy portrayed in this Movie, then I feel you will enjoy it. Probably not fair to give it 5 Stars, but a man died to make this movie... John Candy was one of many of the Comedy Family in the 70's, 80's and 90's. To understand the comedy in this... Well you would have had to grow up to appreciate it. What's funny to most, is just wrong to others. While many things are probably wrong with comedy back then, it was still funny, because that's acting! Nothing is real, no one should be offended, you learn from the ignorance of others who portray it on the big screen! And, well that's how I learned most of the wrong things, and I was raised to do right (opposite of most screen films...) It's sad Critiques can't see humor many others see in films like this. It was produced to be an abomination... To be funny, not super critical, and serious! Open your mind and laugh a little... Heck, watch this movie!
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Travis H. AldousReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sad this was Candy's last ride
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this movie was awful-thank God it was free. It was like a bad Western unfunny version of Spaceballs-As much as i love John Candy, this was terrible. i 've never understood the appeal of Richard Lewis, he just isn't funny. Ed Lauter was mildly entertaining in his Coyote/Roadrunner type antics & John C McGinley had some moments. Beyond that it was a stinker. Do yourself a favor & watch one of Candy's much better movies-Whos Harry Crumb, Uncle Buck etc Really sad this piece of crap was the end of Candy's great legacy of comedy
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Dr. AceReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Candy's best but his last
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For those who have never seen this film the story is that of a group of people living in the West who are tired of the issues and want to go back East. They end up hiring a Wagon Mater played by John Candy to guide them back East.
Any fan of Candy's movies is well aware this movie not only falls s bit short but that Candy died while making this movie. It's obvious Candy wasn't himself and not feeling well but it's still a classic and worthy of adding it to your John Candy library. There are some funny scenes and lines and the Western theme satire is refreshing from modern era comedies.
TED T.Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not John Candy’s best performance but you gotta love him!
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This last (after Canadian Bacon) John Candy movie was not a great comedy or his best work, but I have enjoyed his humor since the SCTV days (e.g., fitness guru Johnny LaRue). It was sad to see him in his physical state and knowing that he had passed away before the film was completed.
The plot was a paradox of sorts (wagons east vice “westward ho”) and was full of cheesy innuendo and off color scenes. The subplot was straight out of the Road Runner vs Wiley Coyote. But if you’re a diehard John Candy fan, you should add this to your collection.
Michael CastReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Have you ever thought...
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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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A. AveryReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
classic film
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I received the DVD a few days after I placed the order. Once I started watching, the movie froze in one place; but with some effort I managed to coax it past that point. The movie is hilarious, with a lot of hidden humor that you might miss if you're not paying close attention. Even though I was paying attention, I look forward to watching the movie multiple times to make sure I caught all the jokes. Also, a knowledge of the Donner Party tragedy (winter of 1846-1847) is necessary to fully appreciate the humor in the second half of movie. This movie did not receive good reviews when it was originally produced years ago, but apparently the critics who gave it low marks did not have a sense of humor. I consider the movie to be a John Candy classic film.
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lesser comedy with a lot of greats
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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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ChaseReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A mix of comedy, western, and HORROR
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Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston's song about the feeling you get when you're watching a film and you realize the people in it have passed away perfectly expresses the spookiness one can experience watching this film. We lost John Candy in 1994 during the filming of "Wagons East." His character comes and goes almost like a ghost due to continuity issues from being unable to finish filming. At the same time, the villain is a cartoonish immortal (and Hollywood's first steampunk?) who doesn't suffer too badly when he falls from a cliff in a self-induced rockslide. How's a viewer to reconcile that? It gets weirder: Richard Lewis is actually funny in this film! Five stars for being unlike anything before or since.
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