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The Spikes Gang -- Lee Marvin gives a spellbinding performance as a wounded outlaw who appears as a romantic figure to two impressionable youths (Ron Howard and Gary Grimes).


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Release Date:
11 April 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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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Good and unknown western shot in Almeria , Spain , with a great cast by young man actors and a sensational Lee Marvin See more (14 total) »


  (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)
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator (as Neil Gemmell)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD) | 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 »
[The Spikes Gang plans its first bank robbery]
Harry Spikes:They keep the money in back in the vault. They keep some money in the drawer up front. It ain't much, but we'll take it to allay the cause.
Les Richter:What if they don't want to give it to us?
Harry Spikes:Well, then they're dead men for sure. Remember boys, there is no arrest or trial for this crime - only convictions.
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Good and unknown western shot in Almeria , Spain , with a great cast by young man actors and a sensational Lee Marvin, 22 June 2006
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

After escape home , three young man friends (Gary Grimes , Charles Martin Smith , Ron Howard) form a strong alliance , a dynamic trio combining raw untamed youth . Later on , 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 band and carry out a great number of bank robberies and murders and soon they were worth a fortune . They are become as outlaws with a price on their heads . But they are trapped in Mexico , and while awaiting a 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 Western action , rider-pursuits , thrills, emotion , shootouts and results to be quite entertaining . Besides , it contains good feeling such as friendship , faithfulness and companionship although it was betrayed by one of them at the end . The young players trio is phenomenal , they will have too much successes in their future , especially Ron Howard (American Graffiti) with a successful career as a nice director (Beautiful mind , Cinderella man, Da Vinci Code) , Charles Martin Smith as a 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 is nowadays 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 in Almeria (Spain) , a location where was filmed hundreds of Spaghetti/Paella Westerns 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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