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Waterhole #3 Details


"A rootin', tootin', but sincere picture" was the advertising tag for the comedy western Waterhole No. 3. James Coburn plays the likeably amoral hero, who'll go to any lengths to get his mitts on a treasure map. Like his principal rival, renegade confederate cavalryman Claude Akins, Coburn knows that a fortune in gold bullion is hidden near a desert waterhole; the trick is finding the damned thing. Along the way, Coburn humiliates redneck sheriff Carroll O'Connor and "has his way" with O'Connor's far from unwilling daughter Maggie Blye. When Blye, cast aside by Coburn in favor of his treasure quest, screams rape, Coburn replies that his only crime is "assault with a friendly weapon." Just try to get that bit past an audience in 1996. Supervised by Blake Edwards, Waterhole No. 3 is agreeably irreverent, though a little editing here and there wouldn't have hurt. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Coburn
as Lewton Cole
Carroll O'Connor
as Sheriff John Copperud
Maggie Blye
as Billee Copperud
Claude Akins
as Sgt. Henry Foggers
Timothy Carey
as Hilb
Bruce Dern
as Deputy
Joan Blondell
as Lavinia
James Whitmore
as Capt. Shipley
Robert Cornthwaite
as Clerk
Jim Boles
as Corporal Blyth
Steve Whittaker
as Soldier
Ted Markland
as Soldier
Rupert Crosse
as Prince
Jay Ose
as Bartender
Buzz Henry
as Cowpoke
Roy Jenson
as Doc Quinlen


William A. Graham
Blake Edwards
Robert Burks
Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Miller
Warren Low
Fernando Carrere
Production Designer
Reg Allen
Set Designer
Jack Bear
Costume Designer
Emile LaVigne