Wagons East!
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The late comedian John Candy made his final appearance in this Western comedy which pokes fun at contemporary values in an old West setting. In a run-down grubby Southwestern town, a group of pioneers decide they've had enough, load up their covered wagons and head back east. They are lead by an alcoholic wagon-master with no sense of direction. Unfortunately for the un-pioneers, the wagon-master's last job was trail guide for the Donner party. The travellers meet opposition from railroad barons who encourage people to go West. The barons fear that if word gets out that the West is… More

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"[An] anemic Blazing Saddles-wannabe."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"With credits that include such garbage as Hot Dog... The Movie, director and former hockey player Peter Markle displays an utter lack of comic sensibility."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The jokes here sound a lot funnier than they play."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Although a comedy rife in lively characters, Wagons East! affords star John Candy one of the poorest, drabest, and thoroughly unfunniest roles of his career."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A wagon train of disgruntled pioneers returning to the East is the incidental setting for tired, adolescent humor in this ponderous and directionless comedy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A poorly focused and rhythmless collection of vignettes, Wagons East! does contain a few funny ideas and some decent performances that simply are not enough to rescue the movie."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A sunshiney hodgepodge of bad jokes, nice scenery and reverse stereotypes."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Awful. A candidate for one of the year's worst movies."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"There's little to praise in Peter Markle's handling of Matthew Carlson's heavy-handed screenplay."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"In what purports to be a comedic spin on the wagon-train Western genre, John Candy is sadly almost unrecognisable with a scruffy beard and long hair."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A stridently unfunny western comedy that is equally lame in its writing and direction."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A typically rickety vehicle, just dumb enough that it actually submerges Candy's sweet, perky persona in what's basically a sullen, grizzled straight-man role."
‑ Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times
"The jokes tend to be watered-down versions of the tasteless kind that enlivened the Naked Gun movies and the early films of Mel Brooks."
‑ Stephen Wigler, Baltimore Sun
"This forgettable comedy western is quite dreadful."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Much potential for comedy is lost, thanks to a weak script, desultory direction and indifferent performances."
‑ , Film4
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