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The Last Hard Men (1976)

R | | Western | 1 June 1976 (USA)
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In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade's life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Zach Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come gunning for Burgade.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Brian Garfield (novel), Guerdon Trueblood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Sam Burgade
James Coburn ... Provo
Barbara Hershey ... Susan Burgade
Jorge Rivero ... Menendez
Michael Parks ... Noel Nye
Larry Wilcox ... Shelby
Thalmus Rasulala ... Weed
Morgan Paull ... Shiraz
John Quade ... Gant
Robert Donner ... Lee Roy
Sam Gilman ... Dutch Vestal
James Bacon James Bacon ... Deputy Jetfore
Riley Hill ... Gus
Dick Alexander Dick Alexander ... Bo Simpson
Yolanda Schutz Yolanda Schutz ... Paloma
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Storyline

In the early 20th century, some convicts while on a road gang escape and one of the convicts is Zach Provo, a half Indian, who was sent to prison during the latter part of the 19th century. He escapes with 6 others to exact vengeance on Sam Burgade the lawman who not only captured him but was also responsible for the death of Provo's wife, at least in Provo's mind. Part of his plan is to kidnap Burgade's daughter, which prompts him to strap on his guns and go after him on horseback. Can Burgade who has been retired for sometime still have what it takes to track Provo down? Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The Last Hard Men ... one of them is going to die hard! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burgade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (15-rated) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, source novelist Brian Garfield liked this screen adaptation of his "Gun Down" novel, and gave the film a "thumbs up". See more »

Goofs

Air raid siren can be heard several times in background during Burgand and Nye's initial conversation in sheriff's office. See more »

Quotes

Sam Burgade: Everybody's got to die. Nobody's got to give up!
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The Last Sadistic Twitches
26 July 2009 | by jaiboSee all my reviews

This is a minor 70s Western, directed with rather too much stolidity by Andrew V. McLaglen. Heston hasn't quite got the form in the genre to pull off the ageing lawman role, although you can certainly see his ornery old Republican role being practised before your eyes; Coburn is good as the psychotic halfbreed outlaw looking for revenge, but he needed a director who encouraged him to loosen up more and go loco.

The film does score points, though, in its nastiness. There is a genuinely sadistic universe on show here, as if in the last days of the Wild West the outlaw and the marshal both were reduced to being little more than collections of violent spasms, each twitch aimed at causing some torment to another human being, and each situation causing more twitchin'.


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