The Spikes Gang (1974)

PG  |   |  Western  |  11 April 1974 (West Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Spikes
Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Kid White
Basset (as Noah Beery)
Marc Smith ...
Abel Young
Don Fellows ...
Elliott Sullivan ...
Sheriff (credit only)
Ralph Brown ...
Posse Leader
Bill Curran ...
Ricardo Palacios ...
David Thomson ...
Sheriff of Carrizo Springs
Bert Conway ...
Bank Teller


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


Tod: What would you do if you was us, Mr. Spikes?
Harry 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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One of Three Grimes True West Depictions
5 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Spikes Gang is a very good western that shows what probably happened to a good many youngsters who struck out on their own in the expanding west. It is one of three westerns that Gary Grimes starred in that gave a darker and truer view of life in the old west for teenager. The others are The Culpepper Cattle Co., 1972 and Cahill, U.S. Marshall, 1973.

Lee Marvin plays a wounded bank robber, (Spikes) on the run from a posse, whom three teens find (Grimes, Ron Howard and Charles Martin Smith) and nurse back to health. The three youths, small community and under the heavy hand of discipline, become enthralled with Spikes and soon strike out on their own soon after he departs.

After a series of misadventures, the youngsters meet up with Spikes again, who, against his better judgment, takes them under his wing.

The Spikes Gang is a fast paced movie and seems to play upon the anonymity of three teenagers, ill-prepared for a brutal and unforgiving way of life. The one drawback to the pace is that it does not give a good sense for the passage of time, but is effective in emphasizing the few sparks in mundane lives.

As part of the Grimes Western trilogy, one can get a good look at an overly romanticized part of history.

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