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Director:
Writers:
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
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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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:
Robert Beatty, despite being credited as The Sheriff, is nowhere to be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[Tod has been severely wounded during a bank robbery]
Harry Spikes:I don't know when I liked a boy so much. He was never noisy... never rude. A born gentleman by nature. Well, let's hope the ground that covers his grave will always be green.
Will Young:He's not dead yet!
Harry Spikes:He's a goner. Say goodbye and let's go.
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
What a surprise!!, 28 September 2002
Author: dan_in_denver (dan8995@yahoo.com) from Denver CO USA

I happened to catch this film on a late night showing on a classic movie channel. I was REALLY surprised by this film!! I have seen other comments on it that refer to the movie as "under-rated", and I couldn't agree more!

Lee Marvin does a fantastic job portraying bank robber Harry Spikes who meets and befriends three teen aged boys who gradually come to admire Spikes and his lifestyle. After Spikes leaves the boys, circumstances lead them to run away together and begin what they thought would be the adventure of thier lives. They soon find that adventure, life, and Harry Spikes are not all they seemed to be! Ron Howard, Gary Grimes and Charlie Martin Smith play thier parts perfectly. The film also benefits from the reality lent by the dilapidated and run down buildings in the various towns shown in the movie, rather than the cheesy 'gunsmoke" type sets that are normally seen in films of this genre and time.

I can't recommend this movie highly enough!! 8/10

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