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« on: January 23, 2005, 07:02:41 AM »

1976 on AMC last yesterday.  A not too bad "turn of the century western" Charleton Heston the retired lawman, James Coburn the escaped half breed outlaw out for revenge for the killing of his squaw by Heston, also has Michale Parks (Kill Bill Vol2). Shows the SW influenced  realistic violence and blood.

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2005, 02:22:18 PM »

  That ending with the final showdown between Heston and Coburn and his gang is very bloody, especially when Provo keeps shooting charlton.

  Lots of squibs in that scene.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2005, 07:25:51 PM »

I particuly like some of the music pieces like the ending
one, like to know if it is available on the market.

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2005, 07:42:37 PM »

  I don't know the reasoning for it, but the music from 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds, Jim Brown, and Raquel was used for The Last Hard Men.   Anyone know why?

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008, 02:22:27 PM »


I just came across this film. I think it's worth a look. What a cast!

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008, 11:10:37 PM »

I saw this last summer. It's a pretty formulaic Western that after awhile resembles a rather poor pastiche of The Searchers or any Western captive story, really. Director is McLaughlin, who is here aping Peckinpah rather than Ford, so the direction isn't anything worth writing home aobut. Some nice shootouts and decent cinematography, but nothing that really stands out from any 100 other Westerns you'd care to name. James Coburn is a great, psychotic villain, one of the few he played during his career - he's really good at it. Heston and Barbara Hershey, however, seem to be on autopilot, and the rest of the cast isn't really worth a mention. 6/10, maybe a 7 if I'm feeling charitable.

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2008, 11:35:25 PM »

I saw this last summer. It's a pretty formulaic Western that after awhile resembles a rather poor pastiche of The Searchers or any Western captive story, really. Director is McLaughlin, who is here aping Peckinpah rather than Ford, so the direction isn't anything worth writing home aobut. Some nice shootouts and decent cinematography, but nothing that really stands out from any 100 other Westerns you'd care to name. James Coburn is a great, psychotic villain, one of the few he played during his career - he's really good at it. Heston and Barbara Hershey, however, seem to be on autopilot, and the rest of the cast isn't really worth a mention. 6/10, maybe a 7 if I'm feeling charitable.

Your review seems to echo many others I've read about this film. Many mention the Peckinpah similarities the most. The film isn't even out on DVD in Region 1 which pisses me off. I'd still like to see it.

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008, 12:25:57 AM »

AMC shows it quite frequently, or at least they used to. You should be able to catch it there if you really want to see it.

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2008, 05:17:58 AM »

AMC shows it quite frequently, or at least they used to. You should be able to catch it there if you really want to see it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2008, 12:54:23 PM »

AMC shows it quite frequently, or at least they used to. You should be able to catch it there if you really want to see it.

Yup, thank you Groggy. I'll look out for it.

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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2008, 01:16:36 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2008, 03:41:09 PM »

Cool GROGGY FOR PRESIDENT~~~thanks for the tip  Afro
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na,na,na,na,na.   just a figure of speach chief.   

 i was watching "ride beyond vengence "w/ big chuck conners last night and damn if chuck dosn't look exactly like chuck heston from planet of the apes. in the begining of RBV, conners has a beard. i wish i could put both men's photos up there. both dead ringers for on another. Shocked
but only if you compare POTA w/ RBV. tragically hip, shocking.... AND uncanny too !
amc eh ? sounds good to me

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2011, 02:11:21 AM »

I rented this off iTunes. Good Coburn performance as usual, but that's just about the only good thing here... Maybe a 6/10

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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2011, 01:17:31 PM »

Wow! Coburn and Heston!


... and McLaglen...

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2011, 03:55:51 PM »

Wow! Coburn and Heston!


... and McLaglen...

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