Waterhole #3


Comedy / Western

IMDb Rating 6.4


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95 min
P/S 1 / 0

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Reviewed by jimi99 10

Well, at least a cult of my friends, who saw this movie at least a dozen times at the drive-in during 1967-68, and learned the dialogue by heart. I finally got a copy of the film (and the soundtrack) about 10 years ago, have viewed it a few times since, and it is still to me one of the great overlooked comedies and westerns. Not comedy-western, which was so overdone in the 60&#39;s, but it stands tall in both genres. And it is the film that I watched when I heard of Carroll O&#39;Connor&#39;s death. He is nothing short of wonderful in this pre-Archie role. And Coburn as Lewton Cole: perfect, another of his great sly characters.<br/><br/>Yes, &quot;Waterhole #3&quot; is sexist and cynical, and also hilarious and a bold statement of the true &quot;Code of the West,&quot; its theme that is brilliantly told by the troubadour, Roger Miller, in song and narration. It can be rightly accused of misogyny, because it dares to show and lampoon the attitudes of the macho old west toward women and not just the pseudo-heroic male violence that was the narrow theme of countless western films. Put in the context of 1967 and the radical changes being ushered in in terms of sexual identities and expressions, I think this film was, if anything, progressive in its provocation. That&#39;s sure how we took it. And its cynicism about greed and self-interest was a warning and not an anti-heroic celebration. <br/><br/>But the main thing is that it&#39;s a great comedy, with an outstanding ensemble of dramatic character actors dipping their toes in comedic waters to great result: James Whitmore, Tim Carey, Claude Akin, Joan Blondell, and Bruce Dern (&quot;Sure left us bare, ain&#39;t that right, John?&quot;)<br/><br/>From a true cultist: 10 out of 10

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Reviewed by kdr-6 7

Produced by Blake Edwards&#39; company, Geoffrey Productions, &quot;Waterhole #3&quot; shows the hand of Edwards in its nod-and-a-wink approach to sex. Although it could never be made today, because of our PC environment and the film&#39;s loose treatment of (maybe) rape and casual sex, this film nevertheless stands the test of time because of a fine cast, a good soundtrack and a witty script. The only negative comment I can make concerns the atrocious continuity and editing mistakes. They really hurt an otherwise funny film. One of James Coburn&#39;s best.

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Reviewed by writerasfilmcritic 8

Generally, I don&#39;t like it when these comments about movies degenerate to political diatribes, but with the reaction to this movie, I must respond. What the PC crowd doesn&#39;t understand about &quot;Waterhole Number 3&quot; is that in it Coburn played an amoral anti-hero who harbored a great degree of cynicism about hypocritical conventions. Therefore, the &quot;horrible rape sequence&quot; that has their panties in such a twist was merely part of his interpretation of how such a man would behave in a lawless environment. It would have been completely out of character for him to suffer an attack of scruples when confronted with a sexy gal alone in a barn. Besides, in the nineteenth century, feminism didn&#39;t even exist and women WERE men&#39;s playthings, whether Gloria Steinem can handle the concept or not. For them, to be kept barefoot and pregnant was reality, not an archaic state of being ridiculed by glorified lesbians whose primary goal in life is to control their &quot;reproductive rights.&quot; Back in them days, folks, pioneer women had up to two dozen kids and lost a good many of the brood to disease, accidents, and murder. The feminine role was well-defined and there was no discussion about it. In point of fact, the &quot;gentle rape&quot; committed by Coburn upon the nubile young woman&#39;s tender virginity might not have been considered rape at all simply because he married her afterward. Some other disturbing facts of the era: Gays were not tolerated, let alone allowed to marry, but pistol-whipped merely for thinking their perverted thoughts. Indians, both good and bad, were driven nearly to extinction for daring to believe they had innate rights on the land. Many of the women of today would have been working in whorehouses, not telling the rest of us what constitutes modern standards of morality, either that, or they would have been slapped silly and sent slinking into the corner to mull over the reality of the day. To sit in front of your computer and actually attempt to apply PC hypocrisy to such a wild and lawless era is so absurd that it beyond comprehension. <br/><br/>Furthermore,in the sixties (when this movie was made), a woman couldn&#39;t go up to a man&#39;s room at 2am, have consensual sex, and the next day claim she was raped, like that broad did to Mike Tyson. Such inherently suspicious bs would have been laughed right out of court. There was no such thing as &quot;date rape,&quot; &quot;spouse rape,&quot; or &quot;sexual harassment.&quot; If a man caught his wife in the sack with another man, he could shoot them both and get off with a temporary insanity plea or not even be charged at all. Neurotic Generation X, with their condoms, Ipods, cell phones, piercings, tats, shaved pubic areas, and shallow, money-grubbing ways weren&#39;t even born yet, hence interesting flicks like this one could actually be made and distributed. As for the much ballyhooed rape, something very similar happened in &quot;High Plains Drifter&quot; and who complained then? It&#39;s a movie, folks. If you can&#39;t separate fact from fiction, perhaps you&#39;d better turn off the set and get a life. <br/><br/>Not one of you mentioned the gunfight sequence at the beginning of the movie, which set the tone for this film and should have sent you scurrying to turn if off. Challenged by some jerk to a gunfight, Coburn steps out the door of the saloon, casually approaches his mount, pulls out his saddle gun, rests it atop his saddle, and unceremoniously drops the dope who is standing in the middle of the street, stupidly believing that such differences of opinion were supposed to be resolved in a certain way. Coburn thumbs his nose at authority, convention, tradition, and all the rest of the hypocritical nonsense to which our woefully misguided country is devoted to today. Now, it&#39;s as if the sixties never even happened. We&#39;ve got the Bible-thumping, hymn-singing, pew-sitting hypocrites on the one hand, constantly extolling the spectre of their children&#39;s tender psyches as an excuse for their own intellectual, spiritual, and moral cowardice, and the man-hating, feminist &quot;global warming&quot; advocates on the other hand. Both groups shouldn&#39;t be allowed to watch good movies like this. Their extremely fragile belief systems can&#39;t take it.

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