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THE LAST HARD MEN (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1976) ** See more (31 total) »


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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
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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98 min | Sweden:93 min (15-rated version) | Norway:94 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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This motion picture is set in 1909 Arizona which is arguably right at the end of the old wild American western frontier era period if not it already having ended by the 1890s.See more »
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 »
Sam Burgade:I'm not dead; I'm retired.See more »


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THE LAST HARD MEN (Andrew V. McLaglen, 1976) **, 27 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This one came out during the Western genre’s last gasp; unfortunately, it emerges to be a very minor and altogether unsatisfactory effort – even if made by and with veterans in the field! To begin with, the plot offers nothing remotely new: James Coburn escapes from a chain gang, intent on killing the man (now retired) who put him there – Charlton Heston. While the latter lays a trap for him, Coburn outwits Heston by kidnapping his daughter (Barbara Hershey). Naturally, the former lawman – accompanied by Hershey’s greenhorn fiancé (Chris Mitchum) – sets out in pursuit of Coburn and his followers, all of whom broke jail along with him.

Rather than handling the proceedings in his customary sub-Fordian style, McLaglen goes for a Sam Peckinpah approach – with which he’s never fully at ease: repellent characters, plenty of violence, and the sexual tension generated by Hershey’s presence among Coburn’s lusty bunch. Incidentally, Heston and Coburn had previously appeared together in a Sam Peckinpah Western – the troubled MAJOR DUNDEE (1965; I really need to pick up the restored edition of this one on DVD, though I recently taped the theatrical version in pan-and-scan format off TCM UK). Anyway, the film is too generic to yield the elegiac mood it clearly strives for (suggested also by the title): then again, both stars had already paid a fitting valediction to this most American of genres – WILL PENNY (1968) for Heston and Coburn with PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (1973)!

At least, though, Heston maintains a modicum of dignity here – his ageing character attempting to stay ahead of half-breed Coburn by anticipating what his next move will be; the latter, however, tackles an uncommonly brutish role and only really comes into his own at the climax (relishing his moment of vengeance by sadistically forcing Heston to witness his associates’ gang-rape of Hershey). Apart from the latter, this lengthy sequence sees Heston try to fool Coburn with a trick borrowed from his own EL CID (1961), the villainous gang is then trapped inside a bushfire ignited by the practiced Heston and the violent death of the two ‘obsolete’ protagonists (as was his fashion, Heston’s demise takes the form of a gratuitous sacrifice!).

The supporting cast includes Michael Parks as the ineffectual town sheriff, Jorge Rivero as Coburn’s Mexican lieutenant, and Larry Wilcox – of the TV series CHiPs! – as the youngest member of Coburn’s gang who’s assigned the task of watching over Hershey (while doing his best to keep his drooling mates away!). Jerry Goldsmith contributes a flavorful but, at the same time, unremarkable score.

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