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Firecreek (1968)

 -  Western  -  March 1968 (Austria)
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A peace-loving, part-time sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.

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Johnny Cobb
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Larkin
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'Evelyn' / Evelyn Pittman
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Earl
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Whittier
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Preacher Broyles
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Mr. Pittman
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Norman
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Drew
BarBara Luna ...
Meli (as Barbara Luna)
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Henrietta Cobb
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Leah
Robert Porter ...
Arthur (as J. Robert Porter)
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Willard
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Hall
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Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a $2 a month sheriff in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, decides to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb also seems hesitant to challenge the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, is sexually attacked by one of vicious psychopaths. Arthur, a mentally-challenged stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills him. Cobb locks up Arthur pending a trial, but when the sheriff visits his pregnant wife, the gang breaks into the jail and lynches the boy. Cobb now realizes ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Also Known As:

Die fünf Vogelfreien  »

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Four of the actors have links to Star Trek. Gary Lockwood, BarBara Luna, and Morgan Woodward all starred in Star Trek (1966) Episodes. Brooke Bundy appeared in a Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) Episode. See more »

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When leaving the church service that was held in the general store, as Johnny Cobb bids farewell to the preacher, the boom mike is visible in the store's door window. See more »

Quotes

Earl: [after Norman has inappropriately touched Meli, the waitress and caused her to run away] Well, times have changed, grandpa. Girl likes a little cooing first. You just can't grab her like that!
Norman: My age, son, you gotta take short cuts! Minutes count!
[the outlaws break into riotous laughter]
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Bringing in the Sheaves
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Music by George A. Minor and lyrics by Knowles Shaw
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Worth watching
7 October 2006 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Must take issue with a previous reviewer who characterized Fonda's performance as all bad, all the time. In fact, while Fonda's men are evil incarnate, Fonda's character is more nuanced and complex, and he is as much a victim of his choices and the men he chooses to "lead" as the townspeople they terrorize. In fact, if the movie has a dominant theme, it would be about how people become trapped by their own fears and doubts, and can only break out of their personal prisons by finding the courage to face their fears and overcome them. The movie is dark, and borrows elements from many earlier westerns; especially High Noon. It is not relentlessly negative however, and ends on a positive and life affirming note. While the pace is slow and the plot is derivative, the performances, particularly Stewart's and Fonda's, are superb and make the movie worth watching. The supporting case is a who's who of wonderful character actors and actresses.


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