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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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Jim Brown and Fred Williamson did the choreography for their big fight scene.See more »


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Paella Pandemonium., 23 November 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Take a Hard Ride is directed by Antonio Margheriti and written by Eric Bercovici and Jerrold L. Ludwig. It stars Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson, Catherine Spaak and Jim Kelly. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Riccardo Pallottini.

Trail boss Pike (Brown) promises his dying employer Morgan (Dana Andrews) that he will travel across the dessert to deliver $86,000 in payroll money to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Forming an uneasy alliance with dandy gambler Tyree (Williamson), Pike quickly realises that many other people are aware of his task and want the money; including Bounty Hunter Kiefer (Cleef).

What do you get if you take a large pan and throw in some Spaghetti and Paella, add some Blacksploitation beef and season with Kung-Fu? The answer is Antonio Margheriti's Take a Hard Ride.

It's a fun movie, even unique in some ways, but it ultimately doesn't add up to much more than a series of action scenes, some good - some poor, glued together by a very ordinary and adventurous screenplay. Cast are hugely watchable, with the leads supported by Western pros Barry Sullivan and Harry Carey Junior, and the Canary Islands location is beautifully utilised. Bonus is the score from Goldsmith, who tinkers with traditional Spaghetti Western strains and adds in his own harmonious grace. Apparently Margheriti rearranged much of the score to suit his own editorial purpose, it's testament to Goldsmith's skills that even though the chronological flow of his piece has been defiled, what exists still marries up superbly with the vistas.

It flopped at the box office and it has over the years been the source of much rib poking, however, from an action stand point it often delivers the goods. Bodies pile up, stunt-men and horses (PETA would go nuts!) fly about everywhere, and explosions are not in short supply. Yes it's poorly written and directed without due care and attention, but you may find it hard to dislike on account of its machismo and oddity value. I mean, if you can't enjoy a Western that has Jim Kelly suddenly turning into Bruce Lee and laying Kung-Fu down on some outlaws? Then entertainment is dead... 6/10

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