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Firecreek (1968)

Approved | | Western | 1968 (UK)
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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Earl
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Whittier
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Preacher Broyles
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Mr. Pittman
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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 duke1029

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JAMES STEWART as the farmer sheriff with a badge carved out of tin. See more »

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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 »

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Mrs. Sawyer-Midwife: Dulcie, you've no patience with the menfolk.
Dulcie: Well, they come in all sizes, Mrs. Sawyer, but I've yet to find one that's worth a woman's patience.
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Ryan and Ives or Stewart and Fonda
20 May 2005 | by (Norfolk) – See all my reviews

I note the comparisons with other Westerns but I think that the obvious one has not been made. Take a look at 'Day of the Outlaw' starring Robert Ryan and Burl Ives if you really want to see where 'Firecreek' came from. In my view Ryan and Ives are superior to Stewart and Fonda but that may just be because I saw their film first! However, Firecreek is a good Western only held off greatness by being a little too long and a little too prone to the cliché in places. Stewart and Fonda both turn in fine performances and just look at the character actors among both the townsfolk and the gunmen. With that line-up you know that you will be given something worth watching and you won't be disappointed.

We're deep in the realm of the 'psychological western' here - a much under-rated category...


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