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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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Drama | Western

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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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This is the second film in which both Charles Martin Smith and Ron Howard appeared together. They starred in American Graffiti (1973) the year prior. See more »

Quotes

Harry Spikes: Boys, I'm going to be your deliverance and salvation. Now, don't ask me why I'm doing it. It don't make no sense. God knows I could get a dozen better out of any saloon down the street. But you got some spirit, and you got some crawl. And where I come from, you harness a mule but you give a horse a chance to run. How would you boys like to throw in with me?
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Apprentice bandits.
21 June 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Three miscreant youths, Gary Grimes, Ron Howard, and Charles Martin Smith find a wounded Lee Marvin on the road and take him to the barn of Gary Grimes father's farm. They patch him up, feed him, Grimes gives him his horse and he makes a getaway.

That doesn't sit well with Grimes' father who has lied to a posse about Marvin not being around. He takes off his belt and tans the hide off Grimes back. Grimes runs away then and there and the other two join him.

Like a lot of youth back then, when I was young, when this picture was made and today; these kids are bored. But back then there just weren't any diversions. Life was hard on those homestead farms, Grimes' father is a hard man, he had to be. The story of these kids is the story I'm sure of a lot of youth in the west.

They take up bank robbing like their new hero Lee Marvin and make a botch of it. They kill a State Senator accidentally and don't even get away with the money. Fleeing to Mexico, they meet up again with Marvin who takes them under his wing now, to show them how to do it right.

The rest of the movie is the unfolding of their disillusionment. They've killed a State Senator and they're hot. Lee Marvin does not turn out to be the hero they had in mind. But by his lights, he's operating quite logically.

The three young actors convey nicely what it must have been like to grow up on a bleak prairie homestead and to get a chance at what they perceive will be adventure. Lee Marvin strikes the right note in a difficult part. In some ways at first he appears to the kids to be just like his character in Monte Walsh, a rugged individualist who lives by his own code. He has to be that to appeal to the kids in the first place. He tries to make them shuck their boyish illusions about outlawry, but when push comes to shove the kids can't do it. Marvin is not like Liberty Valance in this film, a sadistic bully. But he does what he has to in order to survive as an outlaw.

The kids fail their apprenticeships, but they and Marvin give the audience some great entertainment.


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