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Waterhole No. 3 Reviews

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February 8, 2019
Waterhole #3 is one of my all time favorite movies of the 1960's. A great cast with stars James Coburn and Carroll O'connor, with small role, played by a young Bruce Dern, ("Ain't that right John?"). Every once in a while, the narrative theme, and some of the lyrics, sung by Roger Miller, come to mind. They still make me smile, as does the overall film. I'm not sure that many young people, and those that insist on political correctness. Would enjoy it in the present day, but it still apparently gets good reviews, from those that come across it.
½ March 27, 2018
Awesome soundtrack! Lots of clever dialogue.
March 10, 2016
the cast is there but no action ! id rate it as a 2 or 3 . dullsville !
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½ September 16, 2015
What's the difference between the terms "criminal" and "rogue"? This film's opinion is that its only a matter of presentation. And so it is that James Coburn's character kills a man in a cowardly and despicable manner and then goes from there to rape a woman and its A-OK in this stilted and cross-eyed piece of work that's main excuse is that its trying to be funny. Instead its "meh". There was something I enjoyed here, and that was Carroll O'Connor performing w/o that Archie Bunker affectation over everything - he really was a good actor. Pass it by.
½ September 1, 2015
Steve McQueen gets the credit for being the King of Cool during this era. To me James Coburn epitomized cool and style. Which is why this film is disappointing.
½ February 14, 2015
I'd never seen this western before or knew much about it, so it was surprising to find out it was kind of a comic remake of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." James Coburn plays The Good, Claude Akins and Timothy Carey are the bad and Carroll O'Connor is the ugly. All of them trying to find some lost army gold. Directed by William Graham who never did much else of note (unless you count "Return to the Blue Lagoon"), it's a n amiable if unspectacular 60s comic western. Margaret Blye, Joan Blondell, Bruce Dern and James Whitmore also appear in the film.
February 8, 2015
good humor with good cast and good laughs! Fun Western !
August 14, 2014
terrible film, that basically skirts around the fact Billee gets raped and makes out it's okay as most of the men would do the same. Truly shocking.
July 19, 2014
I was horrified that rape here is treated like a repeat joke through the whole movie. It's just unbelievable, even for the sixties. I didn't find the rest of it that funny either.
½ June 10, 2010
James Coburn plays a charming, roguish gambler in prolific television director William Graham‚??s comic western ‚??Waterhole # 3,‚?? a lightweight horse opera about a government gold robbery and the people who pursue the gold after the fact. Actually, nothing about this oater seems offensive, but women will probably abhor it primarily for one scene where the amoral Coburn character has his way with the heroine in a barn against her will. Mind you, the filmmakers acknowledge that what Coburn‚??s hero does constitutes rape, but Lewton Cole doesn‚??t share that sentiment. He contends that nothing but the girl‚??s pride was hurt. This shows you how times have changed in Hollywood specifically and movies in general. When ‚??Waterhole # 3 was made, the Europeans had appropriated the western genre as their own and lensed hundreds of westerns in Spain and Italy about amoral sidewinders who were always about a fortune in gold. ‚??Waterhole # 3‚?? looks like a softened up American version of those Spaghetti westerns. Ironically, Coburn turned down Sergio Leone when Leone asked him to star in ‚??Fistful of Dollars‚?? in 1964. Clint Eastwood rose to fame and fortune in that minor but major European sagebrusher, while Coburn stalled until 1971 when he made ‚??Duck, You Sucker‚?? for Leone. Unfortunately, ‚??Duck, You Sucker‚?? didn‚??t fare well at the American box office. In fact, this western pulled up so lame that United Artists re-released it with the title ‚??Fistful of Dynamite,‚?? but not even a title change could alter the lack of fortune for it. Coburn co-stars with rising character actor Carroll O‚??Connor who had not yet co-starred in the World War II yarn ‚??Kelly‚??s Heroes.‚?? Later, O‚??Connor would star in the controversial but entertaining seminal situation comedy ‚??All in the Family.‚?? Aside from being politically incorrect, ‚??Waterhole # 3‚?? ranks as an above-average western with fine performances by a cast that includes Claude Akins and Timothy Carrey, Bruce Dern, Margaret Blye, and James Whitmore. Alfred Hitchcock's long-time cinematographer Robert Burks, who lensed "North by Northwest" and "To Catch a Thief," presents the rugged west--the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California--in all its rugged splendor with his widescreen photography that adds a dimension of visual elegance to these sordid antics. Roger Miller takes the edge off the amorality with is folksy narration that he warbles with utter nonchalance.
½ October 13, 2008
A black comedy western. Pretty good. Makes you wish there were more attempts of this caliber.
July 3, 2008
great old fashioned western entertainment
June 10, 2008
Coburn and O'Connor are fun, but slow pacing and few surprises. Huge problems with some of the premises.
December 24, 2007
I just want to see this because of that look on James Coburns face on the cover. "WANTED! He's a skunk. A varmit. A louse. A girlnapper. But what are you gonna do, folks! He's the hero."
July 17, 2007
This could be the worst movie even made and I'd still love it since Roger Miller does the music. Having said that, it is pretty good and James Coburn is great as usual.
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