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Take a Hard Ride (1975)

PG | | Western | 29 October 1975 (USA)
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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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It Rides With The Great Westerns See more »

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Italy | Spain | USA

Language:

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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Three Plus Lee should have equaled more.
18 November 2000 | by fs3See all my reviews

Coming near the end of the spaghetti western cycle, this one should have worked out better. While some of the action scenes are good, others fail with a thud, and none of the solid stars are given any material to distinguish themselves.

Overall, Jim Brown fared a bit better in westerns than Williamson, who made a few more; this was Kelly's sole venture into the genre. And with Van Cleef around, one wishes that one of the better directors (Leone, Sollima) who guided his top efforts was on hand to spark this one. A disappointment; couldn't be a total loss with that cast, but they deserve better.


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