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Writers:
Brian Garfield (novel)
Guerdon Trueblood (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Too Mean to Forgive ... Too Mad to Forget! See more »
Plot:
In the early 20th century, some convicts while on a road gang escape and one of the convicts is Zach Provo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Peckinpah-style western from a man who studied under Ford See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
 
Writing credits
Brian Garfield (novel "Gun Down")

Guerdon Trueblood (screenplay)

Produced by
William Belasco .... executive producer
Walter Seltzer .... producer
Russell Thacher .... producer
Guerdon Trueblood .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Duke Callaghan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred A. Chulack  (as Fred Chulack)
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Bob Signorelli 
 
Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist
Adele Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Sam Manners .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Blair Robertson .... first assistant director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Mark Wade .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Charles Sherlock .... boom operator
Bill Teague .... sound recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator
Joe Canutt .... stunt double: Charlton Heston
Tap Canutt .... stunt double: James Coburn
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer
John London .... key grip
Frederic J. Smith .... assistant camera (as Fred Smith)
Jack Willoughby .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles E. James .... wardrobe: men (as Charles James)
Donna Roberts .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Leonard Engel)
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: stock music
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
 
Other crew
Don Ericson .... stand-in: Michael Parks
Al Jank .... wrangler
Gary Morris .... stand-in: Charlton Heston
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
 

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Runtime:
98 min | Sweden:93 min (15-rated version) | Norway:94 min (cut)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1989) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1976) | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:(Banned) (1976) | UK:X | USA:R
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Trivia:
One of this 20th Century Fox film's main movie poster taglines was "one of them is going to die hard!". The Fox studio would later have a successful "Die Hard" action movie franchise with that phrase appearing in each installment's title.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After having his ear shot by Shelby, Gant shows no sign of the injury in the next scenes, no scab, scar, blood or bandage, nothing.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Burgade:You can go back if you have to. I'll go where I have to.
Pima County Sheriff Noel Nye:Yeah, well, I know where you're going. You're going about six feet under, that's where you're going, because they got seven guns to your one.
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Peckinpah-style western from a man who studied under Ford, 19 July 2001
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

This hard-hitting, often violent western in the Peckinpah/Leone tradition is surprisingly directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, whose previous westerns (particularly those that starred John Wayne) were mainly in the John Ford mode. It is both surprisingly traditional (good guys/bad guys) and incredible up-to-date as well.

Heston portrays a former captain of the Arizona territorial police who has been in retirement for a year, having turned over the law enforcement reins to a reform-minded sheriff (Michael Parks) and finding his ways of enforcing the law being taken over by autos, telegraphs, telephones, and the railroad in the first years of the 20th century. But soon he is confronted with a menace from his past--a half-breed outlaw (Coburn) that he put away more than a decade before for a train robbery that killed four guards. In a subsequent shootout, Coburn's wife was killed; and so Coburn is out for a most nasty sort of revenge. It involves the kidnapping and, eventually, the rape of Heston's daughter (Hershey) by him and his gang. The result is a taut and violent pursuit through the mountains and deserts of southern Arizona.

THE LAST HARD MEN, based on Brian Garfield's novel "Gun Down", is violent in many places, including the showdown between Heston and Coburn, and the rape scene involving Hershey and two members of Coburn's gang (Quade, Paull) is probably every bit as questionable as similar scenes in STRAW DOGS and DELIVERANCE. But that doesn't detract too terribly much from the film's psychological approach to the western genre. McLaglen is able to handle the bloody story with significant panache, and Heston's performance as an aging lawman was probably the best one he ever gave in any of his 1970s films. Coburn makes for an especially cold-blooded heavy, and both Parks and Chris Mitchum (as Hershey's intended husband) do good turns as well. The music here is cribbed from Jerry Goldsmith's scores to 100 RIFLES and the 1966 remake of STAGECOACH, but it still works here.

Wisely filmed totally on location in southeastern Arizona, and utilizing the Old Tucson set, THE LAST HARD MEN needs to be released by Fox on VHS and/or DVD soon. It is a western that deserves nothing less.

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