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Baker's Hawk (1976)

G | | Western | December 1976 (USA)
When a young boy nurses an injured hawk back to health, he gains newfound courage and confidence on his own.

Director:

Lyman Dayton (as Lyman D. Dayton)

Writers:

Jack M. Bickham (novel) (as Jack Bickham), Dan Greer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Walker ... Dan Baker
Burl Ives ... Mr. McGraw
Diane Baker ... Jenny Baker
Lee Montgomery ... Billy Baker (as Lee H. Montgomery)
Alan Young ... Paul Carson
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Sweeney
Bruce M. Fischer ... Blacksmith
Cam Clarke ... Morrie Carson
Phil Hoover Phil Hoover ... Sled
Danny Bonaduce ... Robertson
Brian Williams Brian Williams ... Jeremy
Burt Mustin ... General
Martin Eric Martin Eric ... Wattle
Dick Haynes ... 2nd Man (as Richard {Dick} Haynes)
Harold Lee Thompson Harold Lee Thompson ... Layden
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When a young boy nurses an injured hawk back to health, he gains newfound courage and confidence on his own.

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He Dreamed Adventure...And Lived the Most Fantastic One of All! See more »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakers Habicht See more »

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Dan Baker: Billy, you got to learn to control your own life. Folks can help you along and kind of point out the general direction sometimes, but nobody can really show you the way as such. Any man who says he can is either after votes, money or just plain don't know what he's talking about.
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Low-rung, outdoorsy '70's film with decent cast.
6 January 2003 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Some attractive scenery and a handful of nice moments among the cast are about all this family-oriented film has going for it. To say that it is a TV-level production is a bit of an insult to such beautifully mounted TV westerns as "The Big Valley", for nowhere in this film can there be found music, lighting or direction to match that or many other fine series. Montgomery (a child actor of some note in the '70's for his work in "Ben" and "Burnt Offerings") is a young boy in love with nature's animals, but caught in the adult relationships around him (mostly concerning local land ownership.) Walker plays his father, a level-headed man at odds with the mob mentality of the local townspeople. Baker plays the boy's mother and gives a decent performance considering the circumstances. Montgomery comes across a wounded young hawk and takes it to eccentric loner Ives for repair. Unfortunately, the townspeople (headed by Young) don't want Ives, along with several others, around their territory and conflict is brewing. The film would like to be another "Night of the Grizzly", but has neither the style, nor the budget to accomplish that. Though the shots of the mountains and terrain are good enough, most of the cast is filmed without proper lighting, thus former dreamboat Walker appears bleak and obscured by shadow. (Really......What would a piece of board covered in white cloth have cost to bounce a little more light off these people?!) Still, he puts a lot of thought into his role and shares a nice relationship with Baker and Montgomery (and eventually gets to show a little strength near the end.) Young is a bit of a liability as one of the hood-wearing raiders in the town. The long time co-star of "Mr. Ed" doesn't exactly instill fear in the viewer (though he does invest his role with some acting talent as well.) Buried without fanfare in the cast (tenth-billed!) is Bonaduce who, only a couple of years before, was a sensation on "The Partridge Family". Here he is second banana to an actor who immediately went into voice-work after this and he doesn't even rate billing in the opening credits. There is an embarrassing picnic sequence in which a bunch of extras in period drag attempt to act as if they are 19th century settlers (a lame attempt to crib a joke from "The Music Man" is included as well.) The film is likely too dull and colorless to entertain children and is too cheap-jack, dopey and tiresome to enthrall adults. Though the cast tries, they are undone by the material, the budget and the direction.


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