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After award-winning composer Leonard Rosenman recorded a score for the film, which he personally didn't care for but was given freedom to be experimentally creative, the score was rejected. While Jerry Goldsmith is credited with "Music" on the film's credits, the credit is misleading as he composed no original score for the film, instead it was tracked with cues from four other westerns he scored: 100 Rifles (1969); Rio Conchos (1964); Morituri (1965) and Stagecoach (1966) . Which is why he did not receive a credit like "Original Music composed & Conducted by".
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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.
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In his book "The Actor's Life" (1979), 'Charlton Heston' says that Sean Connery and Robert Shaw were considered for the role of Zach Provo, and that Jack Smight and possibly Stuart Rosenberg were considered for the director. In the end, James Coburn played the part of Provo, and Andrew V. McLaglen, the veteran director of Westerns, stepped into the director's chair.
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Debut cinema movie of actor Larry Wilcox.
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Final cinema movie western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen who was a veteran of the genre. McLaglen though continued to direct a few more westerns for television.
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Reportedly, source novelist Brian Garfield liked this screen adaptation of his "Gun Down" novel and gave the film the thumbs up.
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Brian Garfield did the uncredited production rewrite on the script during production. The script is very faithful to his source novel.
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The movie was filmed "in the style of Sam Peckinpah" according to TV Guide.
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Publicity for this picture declared that the movie was in the tradition of such western classics as Shane (1953), High Noon (1952) and Stagecoach (1939).
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The film's closing credits declare that "portions of this film were photographed at Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, Arizona".
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The film was made and released about five years after its source novel "Gundown" by Brian Garfield had been first published in 1971.
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This Western picture was based on the novel "Gun Down" by Brian Garfield. The first film directed by this movie's director, Andrew V. McLaglen, had been the similarly titled Gun the Man Down (1956), also a western.
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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.
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Charlton Heston's last name rhymes with Western. Four years after this 1976 film, Heston would co-star in 1980's The Mountain Men (1980), a western with a similar title to The Last Hard Men (1976), with both movie titles featuring the words "The . . . Men".
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