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The Spikes Gang (1974)

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One day, three farm boys come upon a wounded outlaw named Harry Spikes. They take him to one of the boys' barn... See full synopsis »

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Harry Spikes
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Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Kid White
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Basset (as Noah Beery)
Marc Smith ...
Abel Young
Don Fellows ...
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Elliott Sullivan ...
Billy
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Sheriff (credit only)
Ralph Brown ...
Posse Leader
Bill Curran ...
Gillis
Ricardo Palacios ...
Doctor
David Thomson ...
Sheriff of Carrizo Springs
Bert Conway ...
Bank Teller
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One day, three farm boys come upon a wounded outlaw named Harry Spikes. They take him to one of the boys' barn... See full synopsis »

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Three boys wanted to be like their hero. Harry Spikes. They got their wish. Soon they were worth a fortune. DEAD or ALIVE.

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11 April 1974 (West Germany)  »

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Demir mizraklilar  »

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Robert Beatty, despite being credited as The Sheriff, is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Harry Spikes: I'm on my way to meet my maker, but I ain't ready for Him yet.
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Apprentice bandits.
21 June 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Three miscreant youths, Gary Grimes, Ron Howard, and Charles Martin Smith find a wounded Lee Marvin on the road and take him to the barn of Gary Grimes father's farm. They patch him up, feed him, Grimes gives him his horse and he makes a getaway.

That doesn't sit well with Grimes' father who has lied to a posse about Marvin not being around. He takes off his belt and tans the hide off Grimes back. Grimes runs away then and there and the other two join him.

Like a lot of youth back then, when I was young, when this picture was made and today; these kids are bored. But back then there just weren't any diversions. Life was hard on those homestead farms, Grimes' father is a hard man, he had to be. The story of these kids is the story I'm sure of a lot of youth in the west.

They take up bank robbing like their new hero Lee Marvin and make a botch of it. They kill a State Senator accidentally and don't even get away with the money. Fleeing to Mexico, they meet up again with Marvin who takes them under his wing now, to show them how to do it right.

The rest of the movie is the unfolding of their disillusionment. They've killed a State Senator and they're hot. Lee Marvin does not turn out to be the hero they had in mind. But by his lights, he's operating quite logically.

The three young actors convey nicely what it must have been like to grow up on a bleak prairie homestead and to get a chance at what they perceive will be adventure. Lee Marvin strikes the right note in a difficult part. In some ways at first he appears to the kids to be just like his character in Monte Walsh, a rugged individualist who lives by his own code. He has to be that to appeal to the kids in the first place. He tries to make them shuck their boyish illusions about outlawry, but when push comes to shove the kids can't do it. Marvin is not like Liberty Valance in this film, a sadistic bully. But he does what he has to in order to survive as an outlaw.

The kids fail their apprenticeships, but they and Marvin give the audience some great entertainment.


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