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Film / Wagons East

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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
  • 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.
  • Planning with Props: James uses kitchen utensils as a map, but he's too drunk to know what he's doing.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."


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