Waco (1966 film)

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Directed byR. G. Springsteen
Produced byA. C. Lyles
Written byMax Lamb
Harry Sanford
Screenplay bySteve Fisher
StarringHoward Keel
Jane Russell
Brian Donlevy
Wendell Corey
Terry Moore
John Smith
Music byJimmie Haskell
CinematographyRobert Pittack
Edited byBernard Matis
A.C. Lyles Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 25, 1966 (1966-06-25) (Reno, Nevada)
  • September 1, 1966 (1966-09-01) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Waco is a 1966 American Technicolor western film directed by R. G. Springsteen and starring Howard Keel, Jane Russell, Brian Donlevy, Wendell Corey, Terry Moore and John Smith.


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 Preacher Stone, which means Jill and Waco can be together again.


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