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Firecreek (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 24 January 1968 (USA)
A peace-loving, part-time Sheriff in the small town of Firecreek must take a stand when a gang of vicious outlaws takes over his town.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Calvin Clements Sr. (as Calvin Clements)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Johnny Cobb
Henry Fonda ... Bob Larkin
Inger Stevens ... 'Evelyn' / Evelyn Pittman
Gary Lockwood ... Earl
Dean Jagger ... Whittier
Ed Begley ... Preacher Broyles
Jay C. Flippen ... Mr. Pittman
Jack Elam ... Norman
James Best ... Drew
BarBara Luna ... Meli (as Barbara Luna)
Jacqueline Scott ... Henrietta Cobb
Brooke Bundy ... Leah
Robert Porter ... Arthur (as J. Robert Porter)
Morgan Woodward ... Willard
John Qualen ... Hall
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Farmer and family man Johnny Cobb moonlights as a two dollar a month Sheriff with a homemade badge in the quiet little town of Firecreek. When a gang of freebooters passes through, their leader Larkin, who is suffering from a minor wound, agrees to spend the night. The gang members prove to be vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople, humiliating them for their own perverse amusement. Although Larkin disapproves of their behavior, his leadership role is tenuous, and he is reluctant to test it by exercising control over his men. The mild-mannered Cobb faces a series of challenges from the gang's antisocial behavior. Things come to a head when Meli, an Indian woman with a mixed race child, incurs an attempted sexual attack by one of gang. Arthur, a simpleton stable boy, comes to her aid and accidentally kills the attacker. Cobb locks up Arthur to keep him safe, but when the Sheriff leaves town to visit his wife, who is struggling in labor, there is ... Written by duke1029

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JAMES STEWART -- HENRY FONDA MEET IN THE HEAT OF FIRECREEK (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Trivia

A section of the showdown between Stewart and Fonda including the dialogue: "....dollars a week and the home made badge"; "you got no business laying your life on the line"; and "I'll ride out." These lines are used by Tir Na Nog in their song "Cinema" from their 1973 LP "Strong In The Sun." See more »

Goofs

When leaving the church service that was held in the general store, as Johnny Cobb bids farewell to the preacher, the boom mike is visible in the store's door window. See more »

Quotes

Earl: [after Norman has inappropriately touched Meli, the waitress and caused her to run away] Well, times have changed, grandpa. Girl likes a little cooing first. You just can't grab her like that!
Norman: My age, son, you gotta take short cuts! Minutes count!
[the outlaws break into riotous laughter]
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Connections

Edited into La Classe américaine (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
(uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor and lyrics by Knowles Shaw
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The end of an era
28 August 2000 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

The late sixties, for me, were the last years of traditionnel Hollywood western, typical of the Anthony Mann type of films of the fifties. Western of the seventies will have all that Leone type of feeling, or the violent aura of The Wild Bunch (Of course, there's few exceptions, like The Shootist). Nothing new under the sun here : a little bit of High Noon here, a little bit of the Mann-type of western there. But the story, if not original, is strong and the acting is very fine. I don't think Firecreek was popular then, or got a reputation, perhaps because people were tired of that kind of films. But James Stewart is superb. As always.


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Language:

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