Wagon Master
Wagon Master (1950)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Western
Release Date: April 19, 1950
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
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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

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Sean Axmaker

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...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's one of the most likable of all the Westerns directed by John Ford.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
DVD Beaver

This may be the closest Ford ever got to making a musical.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a simple, straightforward film telling a simple, straightforward story, artistic in its design and execution and poetic in its telling.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Ford considered it among his personal favorites, and a handful of Ford's biggest admirers consider it a neglected masterpiece. (I do too.)

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Paul Brenner

one of Ford's masterworks, a sublime, crisp, unpretentious western that doesn't wear its mythos on its sleeve

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Sometimes you just need a Western - imagining yourself being Ben Johnson for a couple hours. Simple and good.
Ken Stachnik
Simple, elegant and controlled.

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