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Wagons East! [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:06/18/2002
Peter Markle directs John Candy in his last feature film, Wagons East. The movie comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sparse release from Artisan that will be of interest primarily to fans of the late Candy.
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    Special Features

    • Full-screen version
    • Digitally mastered
    • 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround
    • Scene index
    • Interactive menus
    • Closed Captioned


    Wagons East!
    Comedian John Candy, who died during the making of this poorly received comic western, plays James Harlow, a 19th century wagon master who is heading back east with a wagon train full of oddball characters who have had their fill of Western life. They include ex-doctor Phil Taylor (Richard Lewis), kind-hearted prostitute Belle (Ellen Greene), and a bookseller, Julian (John C. McGinley). Harlow is a drunken, washed-up leader who frequently gets lost. The travelers eventually discover that he was a member of the famous Donner party, which resorted to cannibalism when stranded in the mountains. Railroad magnates try to turn back the party, figuring it's bad publicity for people out East to learn that the West is not really a paradise. The tycoons hire gunfighters and villains to stop the expedition, but local Indians protect the wagons, because they are glad to see disgruntled white settlers leaving their lands. This "backwards" western was based on a story by Jerry Abrahamson. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Candy
      John Candy - James Harlow
    • Richard Lewis
      Richard Lewis - Phil Taylor
    • John C. McGinley
      John C. McGinley - Julian
    • Ellen Greene
      Ellen Greene - Belle
    • Robert Picardo
      Robert Picardo - Ben Wheeler

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