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Luke Billings and his four reprobate sons ride into a small South African settlement in search of revenge on Police Sergeant Sam Hargis. Hargis knows he cannot outgun the five outlaws and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Sam Hargis
Anne Aubrey ...
Priss Dobbs
Jamie Uys ...
Ernie Dobbs
Marty Wilde ...
John Billings
Luke Billings
James Booth ...
Jubal Billings
Al Mulock ...
Mark Billings
Colin Blakely ...
Matthew Billings
Zena Walker ...
Julie Hargis
George Moore ...
Bill Brewer ...
Jan Bruyns ...
Jan Pretorius
Lorna Cowell ...
Martha Pretorius
Ricky Arden ...


Luke Billings and his four reprobate sons ride into a small South African settlement in search of revenge on Police Sergeant Sam Hargis. Hargis knows he cannot outgun the five outlaws and turns to the townspeople for help. But he gets no help except from a most unexpected source. Ultimately Hargis must face Billings on his own. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

14 March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

5 katazitoumena katharmata  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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South Africa's first Western genre film. Also the first co-production between South Africa, the USA and Great Britain. See more »


The Hellions
Music by Larry Adler
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Larry Adler
Sung by Marty Wilde
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Memorable film which I first saw 1963-64
10 September 2004 | by (Dublin, Ireland.) – See all my reviews

First saw it on screen 1963-64. Then later on ITV/BBC mid 70s. Enjoyed it more than High Noon - obviously has a similar plot. I remember the names of the sons Matthew, Jubo ?, Mark, Luke and John I think. Although I was 11 when I saw it it certainly stood apart from any other film I saw at that time. I think it was the combination of fine acting by Jeffreys and James Booth and to a lesser extent by Richard Todd. The entire score song sung by Marty Wilde remains registered on my memory. It deserves to go on DVD and to be viewed by younger audiences again on TV. I am not sure if other people share this view but 1960s vintage films were superior on average to what has been produced since - particularly compared to the past 20 years. One further comment - why are there no black artists in this film. The fact that it was based in South Africa was not disguised yet we only see white faces on screen. Is this possibly a reason why the film was not more widely distributed. Aparthid applied to a western film ?.

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