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The Spikes Gang (1974)

Three farm boys in the Old West help a wounded bank robber, who teaches them the trade.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Harry Spikes
Gary Grimes ... Will
Ron Howard ... Les
Charles Martin Smith ... Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Kid White
Noah Beery Jr. ... Basset (as Noah Beery)
Marc Smith ... Abel Young
Don Fellows ... Cowboy
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Billy
Robert Beatty ... Sheriff (credit only)
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Posse Leader
Bill Curran Bill Curran ... Gillis
Ricardo Palacios ... Doctor
David Thomson David Thomson ... Sheriff of Carrizo Springs
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Bank Teller
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Storyline

In the Old West, impressionable teenagers Will, Les and Tod find an injured bank-robber who asks for their help. At first, the boys are scared and reluctant to help. They're afraid of getting into trouble with the law and their parents. Moved by the wounded man's pleas, they finally agree to hide the robber in Will's barn and clean his wounds. Over the next few days, they bring food, drink and clean clothes to the outlaw whose name is Harry Spikes. When the sheriff and his posse come by and ask questions, Will hides the fact the robber is concealed in his family's barn. After he sufficiently recovers, Harry Spikes thanks the boys for their help and vows to help them in return if they ever need his aid. He takes Will's horse and leaves the county, heading for the Mexican border. Later, Will's parents discover their son's little mischievous secret and administer Will a severe beating to teach him to never lie. Fed up with his father's frequent physical punishments, Will runs away from ... Written by nufs68

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Three boys wanted to be like their hero. Harry Spikes. They got their wish. Soon they were worth a fortune. DEAD or ALIVE. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Банда Спайкса See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The extremely low holsters worn by the three boys are so unauthentic to the period as to be downright silly. See more »

Quotes

Woman: What do you want?
Will Young: Oh, we was wondering if we could do some chores in exchange for a dollar. Swill your pigs, clean out your barn... whatever you say.
Woman: You can scat! I don't hire saddle tramps.
Les Richter: Ain't you heard lady? Money is like manure. It's only good when you spread it around.
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Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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Good lessons in life.
8 December 2003 | by mgvolpe1See all my reviews

Imagine, a movie that gives a lesson right from the bible, 'Those that live by the sword shall die by the sword'. It was amazing that none of the 3 boys ever said to one another, 'we were better off with our parents'. After doing some of the dumbest things imaginable for young boys and doing it badly you would think

they were smart enough to realize they weren't cut out for being out on their own. Anyhow, the movie was well done, gave you a real feel for what it must

have been like living in the 'Old West'. Plus how hard it must have been to be accepted by a community that knew every detail of every citizen that lived in the area. Maybe the reason for such a poor showing at the box office was the title. Lee Marvin plays himself and does it superbly.


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