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Sergeant Foggers and two Confederate soldiers lay their hands on gold bullion belonging to the army, taking at the same time a certain Ben Akajnian hostage. Then they bury the loot near an isolated waterhole in the desert. Some time later, Lewton Cole, a professional gambler, fights a duel with one of the robbers, kills him and finds the map of the treasure on his body. Stopping at the small town of Integrity, Cole, in order to escape Sheriff Copperud locks him up in his own jail-house, steals his horse and even finds the time to "seduce and abandon" Billee, the sheriff's comely daughter. The indignant father catches up with Lewton, arrests him and grabs the gold. But Foggers and his accomplice attack him, relieve him of the treasure and free Cole...Written by
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Shortly after Cole, the Sheriff, and Sgt Fogger enter the Army camp while chasing the Shoemaker, the dialog leads Capt Shipley to the Shoemakers saddlebags for the stolen Army gold. When the Capt picks up the saddlebag that is supposed to contain 100 pounds of gold he picks it up as though it weighs nothing. See more »
Great unifying soundtrack, comic touches unstuck by fuzzy ending
WATERHOLE NUMBER 3 is a great revisionist Western of the 1960s, with Coburn and O'Connor in great comic form. The first shootout in the film was "kinda" imitated by Steven Spielberg in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1982, when Harrison Ford just shoots an Arab attacker brandishing a sabre. In this case, Coburn just uses his Winchester rifle to blow away a challenger armed only with a Colt, which he had not even drawn yet (but then you could argue that WATERHOLE borrowed the idea from Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS).
The film's unifying element is the song, with some wonderful lyrics, and the sharp-tongued repartee between Coburn and O'Connor, who is particularly comical riding a mule.
The "infamous" rape scene is politically incorrect today, but was a laugh when it came out, and if one judges the film on the basis of that anachronism alone, one should not watch movies, let alone review them.
Photography, action sequences, acting and direction are all competent. Alas, there is one negative aspect that hurts my rating of the film: the ending is too evasive, fuzzy almost. But, by then, I had certainly had my fun and will certainly re-watch this film at some point.
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