Wagon Master
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Wagon Master, splendidly directed by John Ford, is a superlative western. The film is the outwardly simple tale of a Mormon wagon train headed for Utah. Along the way, the group, led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) hook up with two horse traders Travis Blue (Ben Johnson) and Sandy Owens (Harry Carey Jr), the members of a traveling medicine show and a tribe of Navajo Indians. The group is threatened by a gang, known as the Clegg family, who have robbed an express office and murdered the clerk. This wonderful film emphasizes the virtues of solidarity, sacrifice and tolerance, and shows John Ford at… More

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"Wagon Master is a good outdoor action film, done in the best John Ford manner. That means careful character development and movement, spiced with high spots of action, good drama and leavening comedy moments"
‑ , Variety
"It's as gentle and warm a film as [John Ford] ever made and it follows a classic Ford theme: the creation of a community in the west..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"It's one of the most likable of all the Westerns directed by John Ford."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This may be the closest Ford ever got to making a musical."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, DVD Beaver
"...a simple, straightforward film telling a simple, straightforward story, artistic in its design and execution and poetic in its telling."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Ford considered it among his personal favorites, and a handful of Ford's biggest admirers consider it a neglected masterpiece. (I do too.)"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"one of Ford's masterworks, a sublime, crisp, unpretentious western that doesn't wear its mythos on its sleeve"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
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