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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.

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Les
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Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
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Basset (as Noah Beery)
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Abel Young
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Cowboy
Elliott Sullivan ...
Billy
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Ralph Brown ...
Posse Leader
Bill Curran ...
Gillis
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Doctor
David Thomson ...
Sheriff of Carrizo Springs
Bert Conway ...
Bank Teller
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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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11 April 1974 (West Germany)  »

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Банда Спайкса  »

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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 »

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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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Infinitely quotable and superior to most .......
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Lee Marvin has played the role of crusty gunslinger many times, and he does not disappoint here. The story of three farm boys throwing in with the wily bank robber is both believable and different. The film is never dull, with Marvin spewing forth quotable lines throughout. This is not some sugar coated view of their desperate situation as hunted men, but rather a realistic look at the downside of breaking the law. Of course the boys elicit sympathy, even though they are killers, no different than their mentor. "The Spikes Gang" is one of those movies that far exceeds expectations, is worth seeking out, and not easily forgotten. - MERK


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