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Wagon's East is a 1994 western comedy starring John Candy (who died during filming) and Richard Lewis. It's about a group of settlers who can't stand living in the wild west and hire an incompetent wagon master to take them back East. Along they way, they have to face Sioux, the American Cavalry, and a gunslinger hired by an evil railroad baron.


Wagons East provides examples of:

  • Arrow Catch: Slade catches an arrow before tying up everyone.
  • Badass Gay: Julian
  • Bank Robbery: Ben's bank gets robbed so often the customers don't have time to make deposits.
  • Code of Honour: The main characters briefly discuss "The Code of the West" and how stupid it is.
  • Cowboys and Indians: Some of the kids are playing a game involving taking the roles of various adults, and one character is dismayed when a kid complains about playing him.
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  • Dedication: It's dedicated to John Candy, who died of a heart attack before the movie was finished.
  • Fake Shemp: Because John Candy died before the movie was finished, his remaining scenes involved a body double or re-used footage.
  • Farts on Fire: The Ferguson brothers love doing this.
  • Gay Cowboy: Julian, although none of his friends realize it.
  • Guns Akimbo: During the dual between Slade and Julian.
  • The Gunslinger: John Slade and Julian
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Belle
  • I Gave My Word: The only reason the mail order bride doesn't try to leave the Ferguson's after realizing they want her to serve as a wife to all of them, although she's clearly reluctant about it.
  • Implausible Deniability: a cow thief denying that he stole Phil's cows at the beginning of the movie, even though the literal brand on them says "Phil's cows". When Phil points this out, his threats are part of what drive Phil (and the others listening to him) head back East in the first place.
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  • Injun Country: James leads the wagon train into the heart of Sioux territory.
  • Mail-Order Bride: The Ferguson brothers can't afford individual brides, so they put their money together to buy one.
  • Meadow Run: Parodied in the climax.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: James was the wagon master of the Donner Party.
  • Only Useful as Toilet Paper: Bookseller Julian is chagrined to realize that a lot of the local cowboys see his books as this, which helps motivate him to head back East.
  • Planning with Props: James uses kitchen utensils as a map, but he's too drunk to know what he's doing.
  • Quest to the West: Inverted and parodied, since the characters leave West and want to go back East.
  • Railroad Baron: He's willing to have people killed just to avoid the West getting bad publicity.
  • The Rustler: Someone steals Phil's cows, even though they have "Phil's Cow" branded on them.
  • The Scapegoat: Near the end we find out that James was this to the Donner disaster due to a Sociopathic Soldier in the employ of the Railroad Baron casually mentioning that he took a lot of their food right before they went into that pass that got snowed in, but that James was the one blamed for their starvation.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The whole premise of the film comes from the characters doing this with the west as a whole and riding back east.
  • Tempting Fate: Phil, Ben, and Zeke talk about the Donner Party and the possibility of snow in the middle of summer. The next day, there's snow.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The Ferguson brothers, while they have their funny moments, and do carry their weight, are borderline sociopathic in a lot of scenes and their shared wife is openly hoping for them to die on the trip back, both due to interest in marrying someone else and so she won't have to be shared by as many of them.
  • Unfortunate Names: The chief's son is Little Feather. When he complains, the chief renames him Big Snake That Makes Women Faint.
  • Useful Book: Harry Bob Ferguson uses Pride and Prejudice.
  • Verbal Business Card: "The name's Slade."
  • What Happened to the Mouse??: One of the Ferguson brothers disappears, possibly having been left behind, after he refuses to join the others in fording the river and tries to find another way across.

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