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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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'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
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Meli (as Barbara Luna)
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Henrietta Cobb
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Arthur (as J. Robert Porter)
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Willard
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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 -- HENRY FONDA MEET IN THE HEAT OF FIRECREEK (original ad - all caps) See more »

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The production has several links to the Gunsmoke TV series. Producers Philip Leacock and John Mantley were producers of Gunsmoke during the mid-'60s, Calvin Clements was the story consultant on the series during Mantley's tenure, Morgan Woodward was a frequent guest-star during the final 10 seasons, and Gary Lockwood played the main villain in "The Raid," a two-part 1965 episode directed by Vincent McEveety. See more »

Goofs

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

Bob Larkin: Your so-called town sheriff and me are quite a bit alike.
Evelyn Pittman: How do you see that?
Bob Larkin: We're both ridin' a greased pig - nothin' to hold on!
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Connections

Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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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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The end of an era
28 August 2000 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

The late sixties, for me, were the last years of traditionnel Hollywood western, typical of the Anthony Mann type of films of the fifties. Western of the seventies will have all that Leone type of feeling, or the violent aura of The Wild Bunch (Of course, there's few exceptions, like The Shootist). Nothing new under the sun here : a little bit of High Noon here, a little bit of the Mann-type of western there. But the story, if not original, is strong and the acting is very fine. I don't think Firecreek was popular then, or got a reputation, perhaps because people were tired of that kind of films. But James Stewart is superb. As always.


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