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Writers:
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
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11 April 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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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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DVD Playhouse--March 2011
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Western Wednesdays: ‘The Spikes Gang’
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Harry Spikes

Gary Grimes ... Will

Ron Howard ... Les

Charles Martin Smith ... Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Kid White

Noah Beery Jr. ... Basset (as Noah Beery)
Marc Smith ... Abel Young
Don Fellows ... Cowboy
Elliott Sullivan ... Billy

Robert Beatty ... Sheriff (credit only)
Ralph Brown ... Posse Leader
Bill Curran ... Gillis
Ricardo Palacios ... Doctor
David Thomson ... Sheriff of Carrizo Springs
Bert Conway ... Bank Teller
Adolfo Thous ... Pawnbroker
Allen Russell ... Morton (as Allen E. Russell)
Frances O'Flynn ... Mrs. Young
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Albaicín ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)

Giles Tippette (novel "The Bank Robber")

Produced by
Richard Fleischer .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... producer
Irving Ravetch .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
 
Cinematography by
Brian West (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank J. Urioste 
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Julio Molina 
 
Set Decoration by
Antonio Mateos 
 
Makeup Department
Mariano García Rey .... makeup artist (as Mariano Garcia Rey)
 
Production Management
Tom Pevsner .... production supervisor
José María Rodríguez .... production manager (as José María Rodriguez)
Francisco Ruiz .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Tarruella .... first assistant director (as Tony Tarruella)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Stephenson .... sound
Frank E. Warner .... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Jack R. Woltz .... sound re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Parra .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Esteban Adrada .... grip
Ricardo Arenas .... gaffer (as Ricardo Arenas Ariño)
Neil Gemmell .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agustín Jiménez .... wardrobe (as Agustin Jimenez)
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
 
Other crew
Isabel Mulá .... script supervisor (as Isabel Mula)
 
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96 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | USA:PG (certificate #23769) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
The extremely low holsters worn by the three boys are so unauthentic to the period as to be downright silly.See more »
Quotes:
Tod Hayhew:I'd never let him do that
[tooth pulling]
Tod Hayhew:without laughing gas.
Harry Spikes:Why, he's the same doctor that took out my appendix with only a quart and a half of tequila.
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Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Apprentice bandits., 21 June 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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