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The Hellions (1961)

Luke Billings and his four reprobate sons ride into a small South African settlement in search of revenge on Police Sergeant Sam Hargis. Hargis knows he cannot outgun the five outlaws and ... See full summary »

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Ken Annakin

Writers:

Harold Swanton (screenplay), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Sam Hargis
Anne Aubrey ... Priss Dobbs
Jamie Uys ... Ernie Dobbs
Marty Wilde Marty Wilde ... John Billings
Lionel Jeffries ... Luke Billings
James Booth ... Jubal Billings
Al Mulock Al Mulock ... Mark Billings (as Al Murdock/Al Mulock)
Colin Blakely ... Matthew Billings
Ronald Fraser ... Frank (as Ronald Fraser/Ronnie Fraser)
Zena Walker Zena Walker ... Julie Hargis
George Moore George Moore ... Malachi
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Mike The Barman
Jan Bruyns Jan Bruyns ... Jan Pretorius
Lorna Cowell Lorna Cowell ... Martha Pretorius
Ricky Arden Ricky Arden ... Bert
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Storyline

Luke Billings and his four reprobate sons ride into a small South African settlement in search of revenge on Police Sergeant Sam Hargis. Hargis knows he cannot outgun the five outlaws and turns to the townspeople for help. But he gets no help except from a most unexpected source. Ultimately Hargis must face Billings on his own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Rough, Relentless, everyone a killer See more »


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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 katazitoumena katharmata See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor┬«)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

South Africa's first Western genre film. Also, the first co-production between South Africa, the USA and Great Britain. See more »

Soundtracks

The Hellions
Music Composed by Larry Adler
Lyrics Written by Herbert Kretzmer and Larry Adler
Sung by Marty Wilde
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A Great Film
23 March 2004 | by sanmigmanSee all my reviews

The Hellions is a great film and Richard Todd is very convincing. I have seen this film only once and that was about 30 years ago on British television. I too, have searched for a video but have been unable to find any although Posters do appear on ebay from time to time. Most people say it is a High Noon and in some respects it is similar as a lone lawman, in this case a South African Constable has to face the bad guys alone out of his personal sense of duty. It is dissimilar to High Noon in that the action is more spread out as a sequence of events. It is most similar to Firecreek which was made 7 years later and stars James Stewart and Henry Fonda and I think this was a copy of the Hellions script adapted as a Western. In Firecreek James Stewart plays a honorary sheriff of a small town of losers which becomes a place for the bad guys led by Henry Fonda to hold up in. Fonda leads a gang of gunmen who take part in Range Wars. So if you can't watch the Hellions get a copy of Firecreek.

Jeff Herbert


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