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Eric Bercovici (screenplay) &
Jerrold L. Ludwig (screenplay)
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29 October 1975 (USA) See more »
It Rides With The Great Westerns See more »
Rugged trail boss and reformed criminal Pike promises his honest wealthy employer Morgan that he will... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Brown ... Pike

Lee Van Cleef ... Kiefer

Fred Williamson ... Tyree
Catherine Spaak ... Catherine

Jim Kelly ... Kashtok

Barry Sullivan ... Kane

Dana Andrews ... Morgan

Harry Carey Jr. ... Dumper

Robert Donner ... Skave
Charles McGregor ... Cloyd
Leonard Smith ... Cangey
Ronald Howard ... Halsey
Ricardo Palacios ... Calvera
Robin Levitt ... Chico

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Angel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Costello ... Card Player (uncredited)

Hal Needham ... Garmes (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Margheriti  (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Writing credits
Eric Bercovici (screenplay) &
Jerrold L. Ludwig (screenplay) (as Jerry Ludwig)

Produced by
Maria Luisa Alcaraz .... associate producer
Harry Bernsen .... producer
Leon Chooluck .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini 
Film Editing by
Stanford C. Allen 
Art Direction by
Julio Molina 
Costume Design by
Agustín Jiménez 
Makeup Department
Carmen Martín .... makeup artist
Production Management
Francisco Ardura .... production manager
Miguel Ángel Bermejo .... unit manager
José María Ochoa .... production supervisor
José María Ochoa .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as Pepe Lopez Rodero)
Scott Maitland .... assistant director
Hal Needham .... second unit director
Sound Department
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Willis .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Luciano D'Achille .... special effects
Antonio Molina .... special effects
Javier Maiza .... stunt performer
Juan Maján .... stunts
Hal Needham .... stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Raúl Pérez Cubero .... photography: second unit
Phil Stern .... still photographer
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Dennis Mosher .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Other crew
Alan Arnold .... unit publicist
Stanley Bielecki .... press coordinator
Lucie Lichtig .... script supervisor
Mary Pepa Willis .... production secretary

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103 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It's a treat to watch this bunch of actors., 6 July 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The stars of "Three the Hard Way" reunite for this enjoyable if not classic Western. Jim Brown plays Pike, a tough, honourable trail boss who gives his word to his dying boss (Dana Andrews) that he will take $86,000 in payroll money to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Naturally, when people get wind of this large cash windfall, greed completely takes over, and various groups form to try to get that money. One such interested individual is smooth gambler Tyree (Fred Williamson, in a delicious performance), who is the first to accompany Pike on the journey. Along the way they also hook up with a hard-luck prostitute, Catherine (Catherine Spaak) and her half-breed / martial artist companion Kashtok (Jim Kelly). Among the money hungry antagonists in this story is sly, sleazy bounty hunter Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef), who realizes Pike was at one time a wanted man.

The cast, under the guidance of Italian director Antonio Margheriti, look like they're having a fine time, and that feeling is infectious. The reliable Brown has a relaxing low key presence, and he and Williamson continue to have good chemistry. Kelly really is quite good in the role of the mute Kashtok. Van Cleef, who's given his own harmonica-based "theme", is fantastic, as could be expected. You're never quite sure what to expect next from Kiefer. Spaak is touching, Harry Carey Jr., Robert Donner, Charles McGregor, and Leonard Smith offer some amusing comedy relief, and Barry Sullivan is an entertaining villain as crooked lawman Kane. Hal Needham, the films' stunt coordinator and second unit director, appears uncredited as Garmes.

Excellent location shooting in the Canary Islands and a zesty music score by Jerry Goldsmith add to the fun. The action scenes are first rate and exciting, and Brown and Williamson have a pretty intense fight near the end, which is soon followed by a truly impressive set piece.

In summary, "Take a Hard Ride" is a solid, well done Western that should satisfy fans of the genre.

Seven out of 10.

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