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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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Western

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Country:

Italy | Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

29 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Take a Hard Ride See more »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hal Needham was brought in to coordinate stunts. He planned to make the wagon fly across the canyon by attaching rockets to the bottom. When Jim Brown and Fred Williamson found out, they had Needham fired from the production. See more »

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Easy to take in the right frame of mind
29 November 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See all my reviews

A western, shot in Spain, with a twist: Jim Brown and Fred Williamson, folks not normally associated with Euro-made westerns, take it upon themselves to deliver a large payroll to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico, after the ranch owner (Dana Andrews) dies while on the road. Everybody who hears of this -- and I mean everybody -- goes after them. This includes the local sheriff (Barry Sullivan), an army of drifters and gunhands, and bounty hunter Lee Van Cleef, who recognizes Brown as a wanted man from years before. Brown is given minimal dialog, which is a good thing as he is not exactly an actor. Williamson fares better as a breezy card sharp in fancy duds, who carries most of the dialog for the two of them. Not bad. The music, clearly derived from THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, is better than the movie.


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