Waco (1966 film)

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Directed by R. G. Springsteen
Produced by A. C. Lyles
Written by Max Lamb
Steve Fisher
Harry Sanford
Starring Howard Keel
Jane Russell
Brian Donlevy
Music by Jimmie Haskell
Cinematography Robert Pittack
Release dates
  • September 1, 1966 (1966-09-01)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Waco is a 1966 western film starring Howard Keel and Jane Russell, directed by R. G. Springsteen, written by Max Lamb, Steve Fisher, and Harry Sanford, produced by A. C. Lyles and released by Paramount Pictures.

This was the last leading screen role for Russell, who did only bit parts in a pair of later films, The Born Losers and Darker than Amber.

The supporting cast features Brian Donlevy, Wendell Corey, Terry Moore, John Agar, Richard Arlen, DeForest Kelley, and Robert Lowery.


A town in Wyoming is up in arms. Somebody has shot the sheriff, Billy Kelly, and things are so bad that preacher Sam Stone and businessman George Gates implore the mayor, Ned West, to bring in outside help.

They arrange for a gunfighter called "Waco" to be pardoned by the governor and sprung from jail. Waco rides to town and immediately cleans it up, defying boss Joe Gore by becoming sheriff, firing the deputy and bringing in old partner Ace Ross to be by his side.

Preacher Stone is happy but wife Jill is not. She used to be involved with Waco, who isn't going to like it that she got married while he was behind bars.

Also unhappy is rancher Ma Jenner, whose boys Ike and Pete seek revenge on her behalf because Waco killed their brother. And mayor West has troubles of his own because of an attack on his daughter Patricia.

It all comes down to a gunfight. Waco is outnumbered, particularly after Ace chickens out and abandons him, but the mayor and preacher come to his aid. Gore and the Jenners end up dead, but so does Stone, which means Jill and Waco can be together again.


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