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Take a Hard Ride (1975)

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After selling his cattle in town, ranch owner Morgan unexpectedly dies, and his foreman Pike has to deliver the payroll to Sonora, despite the perilous journey during which he's followed by many shady characters who want the money.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Eric Bercovici (screenplay), Jerrold L. Ludwig (screenplay) (as Jerry Ludwig)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Brown ... Pike
Lee Van Cleef ... Kiefer
Fred Williamson ... Tyree
Catherine Spaak ... Catherine
Jim Kelly ... Kashtok
Barry Sullivan ... Kane
Dana Andrews ... Morgan
Harry Carey Jr. ... Dumper
Robert Donner ... Skave
Charles McGregor Charles McGregor ... Cloyd
Leonard Smith Leonard Smith ... Cangey
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Halsey
Ricardo Palacios ... Calvera
Robin Levitt Robin Levitt ... Chico
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Angel
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Storyline

Rugged trail boss and reformed criminal Pike promises his honest wealthy employer Morgan that he will venture across the desert to deliver $86,000 dollars in payroll money to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Pike makes an uneasy alliance with smooth, yet shifty gambler Tyree in order to successfully complete his dangerous mission. During their perilous trek Pike and Tyree encounter desperate prostitute Catherine and her loyal ace martial artist half-breed companion Kashtok. Meanwhile, ruthless bounty hunter Kiefer and numerous greedy others give dogged chase. Written by Woodyanders

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The West has never seen a team like this or the hunt that aims to destroy them! See more »

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Western

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English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

29 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La lunga cavalcata See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stewart Granger was announced for a lead role. See more »

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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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It's a treat to watch this bunch of actors.
6 July 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The stars of "Three the Hard Way" reunite for this enjoyable if not classic Western. Jim Brown plays Pike, a tough, honourable trail boss who gives his word to his dying boss (Dana Andrews) that he will take $86,000 in payroll money to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Naturally, when people get wind of this large cash windfall, greed completely takes over, and various groups form to try to get that money. One such interested individual is smooth gambler Tyree (Fred Williamson, in a delicious performance), who is the first to accompany Pike on the journey. Along the way they also hook up with a hard-luck prostitute, Catherine (Catherine Spaak) and her half-breed / martial artist companion Kashtok (Jim Kelly). Among the money hungry antagonists in this story is sly, sleazy bounty hunter Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef), who realizes Pike was at one time a wanted man.

The cast, under the guidance of Italian director Antonio Margheriti, look like they're having a fine time, and that feeling is infectious. The reliable Brown has a relaxing low key presence, and he and Williamson continue to have good chemistry. Kelly really is quite good in the role of the mute Kashtok. Van Cleef, who's given his own harmonica-based "theme", is fantastic, as could be expected. You're never quite sure what to expect next from Kiefer. Spaak is touching, Harry Carey Jr., Robert Donner, Charles McGregor, and Leonard Smith offer some amusing comedy relief, and Barry Sullivan is an entertaining villain as crooked lawman Kane. Hal Needham, the films' stunt coordinator and second unit director, appears uncredited as Garmes.

Excellent location shooting in the Canary Islands and a zesty music score by Jerry Goldsmith add to the fun. The action scenes are first rate and exciting, and Brown and Williamson have a pretty intense fight near the end, which is soon followed by a truly impressive set piece.

In summary, "Take a Hard Ride" is a solid, well done Western that should satisfy fans of the genre.

Seven out of 10.


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