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Peter R. Hunt
What would you do if you was us, Mr. Spikes?
Lie close. Keep your boots by your bed. Sit up quick when a dog barks. Go out but little. Make no acquaintances. Have nothing peculiar about your manner or dress. And above all... never talk. It's the talking man gets caught.
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Good and unknown western with a great casting by young man actors and a sensational Lee Marvin
After escape home , three young man friends (Gary Grimes , Charles Martin Smith , Ron Howard) form an alliance, a dynamic trio combining raw untamed youth . They meet an old man named Spikes (Lee Marvin) with the experience only a master gunfighter can offer . As three boys wanted to be like their hero and they got their wish . They create his own gang and carry out a great number of bank robberies and murders and soon they were worth a fortune . They are converted as outlaws with a price on their heads . But they are trapped in Mexico , and while awaiting trial they are released on bail by the bandit Spikes . The three young men accompanied by the veteran crook on the raid bank again , in which two of them are severely wounded . Then the lawmen form a posse and engage to hunt down the gang.
This exciting film packs action Western , rider-pursuits , thrills, emotion , shoot-outs and is quite entertaining . Besides , it contains good feeling as friendship , faithfulness and companionship although it was betrayed by one of them on the final . The young players trio is phenomenal , they will have too much success on the future , especially Ron Howard (American Graffiti) with a successful career as director (Beautiful mind , Cinderella man, Da Vinci Code) , Charles Martin Smith as prestigious secondary (Starman, Untouchables) , and Gary Grimes (Summer of 42, Class of 44) as a Western starring in similar role as a naive cowboy (Cahill US Marshal, CulpepperCattle) , though he nowadays is retreated . The extremely low holsters worn by the three boys are so unauthentic to the period as to be downright silly . And, of course, the great Lee Marvin , he makes a terrific acting as a tough gunslinger . Furthermore , there also appears two notorious secondary actors from numerous Westerns : Noah Beery Jr and Arthur Hunnicut . Robert Beatty, despite being credited as The Sheriff, is nowhere to be seen. The film was shot at Almeria (Spain) , a location where were filmed hundreds of Spaghetti Western during the 60s and 70s . The motion picture was well directed by Richard Fleischer. The movie will appeal to Lee Marvin fans and twilight Western enthusiasts.
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