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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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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)

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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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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The extremely low holsters worn by the three boys are so unauthentic to the period as to be downright silly.See more »
Quotes:
Woman:What do you want?
Will Young:Oh, we was wondering if we could do some chores in exchange for a dollar. Swill your pigs, clean out your barn... whatever you say.
Woman:You can scat! I don't hire saddle tramps.
Les Richter:Ain't you heard lady? Money is like manure. It's only good when you spread it around.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Between Heaven and Hell, 13 July 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

This is probably Richard Fleischer's last good movie;it's considered polite to say that all he did after "solyent green" is worthless.Richard Fleischer made lots and lots of great movies from " follow me quietly" to " the narrow margin" ,from "20,0000 leagues under the sea" to "The Vikings "and from "Barabbas" to "the Boston strangler" to the stunning (and perhaps his masterpiece) "10 Rillington Place" After "Solyent green" which featured the extremely moving scene of the death of Edward G.Robinson (who eventually died some months after),only "Spikes gang" shows something of the unqualified brilliance that accompanies Fleischer in his career through "Solyent green" .It is a western which has nothing to do with the epics of Ford,Daves or Walsh or Mann.It has also (fortunately) nothing to do with Peckinpah.

Filmed in Spain,its spirit is actually close to that of Arthur Penn,particularly "Bonnie and Clyde".When Grimes is daydreaming and sees his father tell him :"you're no longer my son;you're dead" ,it recalls that scene when Bonnie meets her mom for a picnic and the old lady says "you're already dead ,Bonnie Parker" .

The three lads are in search of a father ,which is very Pennesque ,notably in "the left handed gun" .even in a non-western film such as "the miracle worker" Ann Sullivan was Helen Keller's second mom. Grimes' father was a religious man ,perhaps not far from being a fanatic (his part is too underwritten).Remember that scene in the bank where the ticking of the clock merges into the memories of the whip coming down .Lee Marvin is their new father and I go as far as to write that Grimes is some kind of father to his two mates too when he is absent.

The three lads are amateurs and cannot free them of the concept of right and wrong ,coming from a religion which does not give any answer;when they're eating hosts and drinking sacred wine,one of the youngest speaks of blasphemy but their leader tells them so "Christ would give them to us if He were here" .

Lee Marvin's character is extremely interesting.Lee Marvin never overplays and the discovery that he was once married to an educated wife ,a teacher who spoke several languages and played the piano comes aside as a shock.This memory is necessary ;without it,the ending would not make any sense.

An inferior director would have made "men" of the three teenagers ;but they can't :their dreams ,their remorse,the letter one of them sends to his mom,the trust they put in Marvin,all indicates that when they die they will still be big children.

Like this?try this.....

"Run for cover" Nicholas Ray 1955

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