Kirk Douglas leads a wagon train of stars to a better life in the untamed Wild West.
Adapted from A.B. Guthrie Jr.'s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, a sprawling Western adventure about a wagon train of pioneers making the overland journey to Oregon. The party is led by Senator William J. Tadlock, a visionary of almost fanatical strictness whose unyielding ways don't sit well with an ill-tempered fellow pioneer or his less-than-enthusiastic trail scout. As the group struggles to survive the arduous trek, their many hardships are compounded by interpersonal conflict.
Sally Field made her screen debut with "The Way West."
Katherine Justice, who plays Mrs. Mack, also made her screen debut in this film.
Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision.
Released theatrically in the USA May 24, 1967.
Additional cast: Michael Witney (Johnnie Mack), Michael McGreevey (Brownie Evans), Connie Sawyer (Mrs. McBee), Anne Barton (Mrs. Moynihan), and Paul Lukather (Mr. Turley).