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Action Double Feature: The Last Hard Men / Sky Riders (1976)

James Coburn , Charlton Heston , Andrew V. McLaglen  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Coburn, Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Robert Culp
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In The Last Hard Men, a group of convicts on a road gang escape from custody. One of the convicts is Zach Provo (James Coburn), sent to prison by former lawman Sam Burgade (Charlton Heston), who may also have killed Provo’s wife. Provo plans to kidnap Burgade’s daughter, hoping to prompt Burgade to strap on his guns and come after him so he can seek his revenge. Based on the novel Gun Down by Brian Garfield (Death Wish). Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen (McLintock, Chisum).

Sky Riders: When the wife and children of industrialist Jonas Bracken (Robert Culp) are kidnapped by a terrorist group, and following several failed attempts by the police to get them back, the wife’s ex-husband Jim McCabe (James Coburn) is brought in to rescue the family. McCabe pulls out all the stops and hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him get to the terrorists’ mountaintop lair. Also starring Susannah York and John Beck. Directed by Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn).

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rape And Revenge In Arizona August 24, 2004
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Easily one of the least-known western movies in history to pair two great actors against one another, THE LAST HARD MEN is a painfully underrated sagebrush saga that at first might seem old-fashioned but turns out to be a very timely meditation on the final days of the West. It is on video now through Unicorn, but this 1976 film deserves to be released by its original distributor, 20th Century Fox, on video and DVD in its uncut form. It only runs 97 minutes here; in its uncut form, it was 105 minutes.

Based on the 1972 novel "Gun Down" by Brian Garfield, who also wrote "Death Wish" and is a western enthusiast, THE LAST HARD MEN stars Charlton Heston as an aging lawman who had once been a proud member of the Arizona Territorial Police but now in 1908 has now turned the reins of law enforcement over to a reform-minded younger man (Michael Parks). He laments about how the railroad changed the makeup of the West--that and, as Parks points out, the auto, the telegraph, and the telephone.

But before Heston can really call it quits, he has to contend with a vengeful half-breed outlaw (James Coburn) whom he put away fifteen years earlier for a train robbery near Santa Fe that killed Coburn's wife. Coburn is out to settle the score with Heston; and to force Heston into a fatal confrontation, he kidnaps Heston's daughter (Barbara Hershey) and allows his sadistic gang to rape her. The result is a jarring and frequently violent pursuit through the Arizona mountains and deserts.

Surprisingly, even though the film was directed by Andrew V.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Action Double Feature: The Last Hard Men / Sky RidersThis release is long overdue! This is a great James Coburn double feature (even though its not billed as such) coming from an era of the '70s when they made lower budget movies and turned out pretty good. The Last Hard Men looks great for DVD. The colors are bold, picture detail is good for this older release. Sky Riders the same thing. It's a pure joy to see these two in their original aspect ratio of 2.35 (even though the cover says 1.78)! This comes from an era when they really made widescreen movies (such as other classics from the '70s: Chinatown, Jaws, to name a few). These movies really suffered over the years in poorly pan and scan videotape editions. Shout! just keeps releasing these classics that no other company would dare touch. They just keep outdoing themselves. The two movies on this disc aren't the greatest, but the five star rating is for the product and not the movies themselves. I am so tired of reading reviews of people bashing the films and not telling us the quality of the DVD. For a two on one disc, this looks amazing! There aren't too many compression problems that are too distracting. I prefer to have each movie on its own disc, but hey as long as its done right...
This is a great double feature that looks really good for the price you pay.
I just can't wait to see what Shout! has in store for us next!
Keep up the great work!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Violent revenge Western November 6, 2007
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James Coburn plays a violent mixed race outlaw who escapes from Yuma prison as part of a chain gang along with a group of other equally thuggish types .He persuades them to join him by recounting tales of a hidden cache of gold that will make them all rich men ;his primary motive is to use tham to help him gain revenge on his nemesis ,a retired lawman (Charlton Heston)responsible for his incarceration..He lures Heston away from town by feinting to rob a gold shipment being conveyed by train and while the lawman is engaged on this wild goose chase rides into town at the head of his gang and abductes Heston's daughter (Barbara Hershey).There follows a sadistic ,violent denouement involving rape and a great deal of rather gloating violence
This is well acted by the stars and supporting cast .It has an excellent score and the photography is exemplary .The themes of violence and retribution are punched across with some vigour but for many the stumbling block here will be the lip-smacking violence and rape which feature heavily in the storyline .This is sad in a way because there are some thoughful elegaic moments as we witness the passing of an era -the trains have refrigeration and an automobile features prominently in one scene .This strain of the story gets lost in the scenes of slow motion death and protracted revenge

This is strong meat and for me tipped over into the pornography of violence rather too often for comfort but many will not be troubled by this ansd will enjoy the spectacle of two considerable actors in a strong drama
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Pros Really Deliver March 11, 2014
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An excellent showcase of the talents of Chuck Heston and Jim Coburn----buy it. Like a good bottle of wine, no surprises.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Action Double Flick February 27, 2012
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Entertaining pair of action movies, with The Last Hard Men being the least known of the pair. I am not going to cover the cast, or plot lines, as this review is for the video quality, which is quite good. recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 27 days ago by Nathalie Leduc
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a fairly good action adventure movie for James Coburn fans
I only saw "Sky Riders" . Saw it while on vacation in England in 1976. Saw it all over again and brought back memories . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greg Milhoan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it and Barbara Hershey as well.
Published 2 months ago by Leonard Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIES
Published 2 months ago by DEI GRATIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked sky riders the best James Coburn is a very ...
Liked sky riders the best James Coburn is a very good actor, as well as Robert Culp, although the acting was not that great, I was able to sit through it, I think the sky riders... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Heston/Coburn Western Roles
Both well known actors clash in a scenario which depicts monetary greed, personal vendetta, and violence as the three fold motivation which drives each scene in the storyline to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by george a. hruneni
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered it
The Last Hard Men I had not seen before but it was a good solid movie (it had a plot).

Sky Riders was enjoyably well done.
Published 9 months ago by Film photographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Feature: The Last Hard Men/Sky Riders
Double Feature: The Last Hard Men/Sky Riders: Both of the features are great and well worth watching. If you like old movies, both are good.
Published 16 months ago by Patricia B. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars very good!.
this film is a good one,it has it all!,with tension,action,and all that one would expect of a film with that title.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. P. A. harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Double Feature: The Last Hard Men / Sky Riders
Bought this for the Last Hard Men, one of Charles Heston's better westerns. James Coburn plays the bad guy in this movie.
Published 17 months ago by Bartley Rejrat
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