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Firecreek (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, 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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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 duke1029

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

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Also Known As:

Die fünf Vogelfreien  »

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Trivia

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 »

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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Bringing in the Sheaves
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Music by George A. Minor and lyrics by Knowles Shaw
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Most definitely *not* a typical western.
31 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, anyone calling this typical, cliché, or done-before wasn't really paying attention. I can't recall any other Western I have ever seen that is as personally intense. I believe if this was a Japanese movie involving samurai, the same reviewers saying as much would have been praising it and it would be hailed as an example of originality and how great many unappreciated Japanese films are.

To really get an idea of what you're going to watch when you watch this film, realize that it is closer to 12 Angry Men and The Crucible than it is to your typical shoot-em-up Western.

I believe that this is an excellent movie for student-actors to watch and study. Stewart and Fonda both deliver powerful, compelling performances. There roles are near perfect classic examples of protagonist and antagonist. Yet, while their respective roles as 'good guy' and 'bad guy' are familiar this is an ultra-intense dive into who their characters are, what has brought them to this point, and the gritty depths to which each is willing to plunge into themselves to win the day. Both characters are inextricably tied to their respective companions with both parallels and extreme contrasts as to why they are so heavily influenced by those around them. Yet each has a core integrity that *seems* unshakable despite constant challenges pushed upon them by the profound flaws that define their respective groups.

If you allow yourself to become immersed you'll discover an inglorious, unflattering, gritty hero versus villain tale unlike the vast majority of movies that exist in any genre, let alone Westerns. A dry, dusty, brutal struggle for survival in an isolated Western scenario. It gives you little hope for positive resolution throughout. You can feel the tension and you'll cringe at what seems inevitable tragedy. Unique, gritty, and intense, I claim without hesitation that this is one of the best Westerns of all time.


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