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Take a Hard Ride (1975)

Lee Van Cleef , Jim Brown , Antonio Margheriti  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Catherine Spaak, Jim Kelly (II)
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQHJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Take a Hard Ride" on IMDb

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Take a tough-as-nails trail boss (Jim Brown of THE DIRTY DOZEN and THREE THE HARD WAY), a smooth gambler (Fred Williamson of BLACK CAESAR and BUCKTOWN) and a ruthless bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef of THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY). Add a mute martial arts master (Jim Kelly of ENTER THE DRAGON), a desperate prostitute (Catherine Spaak of CAT O’ NINE TAILS) and hundreds of greed-crazed gunmen. Turn them all loose in a chase to the Mexican border for a fortune in gold, and you have the action-packed epic that brings together the worlds of ‘Blaxploitation’ and classic Westerns like never before! Hollywood legends Dana Andrews (LAURA, THE OXBOW INCIDENT), Barry Sullivan (FORTY GUNS, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) and Harry Carey Jr. (RED RIVER, THE SEARCHERS) co-star in this adventure hit that rides hard as one of the last great Westerns of the decade!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Exciting Western. A Tribute to the Genre. December 17, 2005
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This is the type of film they don't make anymore (sadly). A good, old-fashioned, western. Jim Brown's the stalwart, Fred Williamson's the charltan you don't know how he's going to turn, and Jim Kelly's the one who's tougher than both of them. To top it off, the old pro Lee Van Cleef is along for the ride, and he'd like to see all of them dead.

We also get to see seasoned vets Dana Andrews (albeit in a small, but pivotal, part), and Barry Sullivan. And Harry Carey, Jr., who's one of the most likable people in filmdom (I know. I've met him.) is memorable as a scuz.

To top it off, Jerry Goldsmith has one of his most memorable scores, and that's saying something. The music for TAKE A HARD RIDE is every bit as outstanding as Goldsmith's westerns such as 100 RIFLES, RIO CONCHOS, and BREAKHEART PASS.

A good actioneer, and a fun western.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spaghetti Western Apocalypse April 3, 2009
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Take A Hard Ride may sound like a porno, but it's actually a spaghetti western-A good one too! A spaghetti western directed by "Anthony Dawson" (who in reality is Antonio Margheriti, who every man, woman and child knows directed the box office smash, CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE), and starring Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, and Jim Kelly. If that doesn't get the ol' mouth watering, I'm not sure what will.
The genre was on it's way out around this time, so the films had to try and push new angles if they were to survive. As you can see by the cast, this was an attempt to cross over the blaxploitation genre with the western genre. In the movie, Jim Brown has sworn to his dying business partner that he will take a large sum of gold to Mexico to his buddy's daughter. Soon, Brown finds himself the target of just about every bounty hunter, outlaw, blacksmith and shoemaker in the west. The most dangerous adversary is bounty hunter Lee Van Cleef, who gathers a small army to get Brown. How all these people found out about Brown's mission and the fact that he's carrying gold is a mystery. It's not like Brown went around town announcing what he intended to do. How the hell does everybody know what Brown is doing? Brown gets a small group of companions as well that include Fred Williamson, a sneaky gambler who carries snakes around with him. Jim Kelly(as a Native American!) and a prostitute chick also join the expedition. Basically it's a lot of chases and gunfights on the way to Mexico.
Not a bad movie, quite entertaining actually. Probably not for the average Baby Mama fan, but for goofballs like me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go For The Gold July 29, 2008
By R. Webb
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Take A Hard Ride starring Jim Brown,Lee Van Cleef,Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly, features alot of gunplay and action, going for the gold plot, Brown has the task of hauling a good size bankroll from one destination to another and everybody from every side of the county wants a piece of the action, including Van Cleef who plays a small part as an ruthless bounty hunter. Brown can't seem to figure out if Fred Williamson who plays a gambler is friend or foe and Jim Kelly co-star of "Enter The Dragon" is a mute bodyguard with some martial art skills. Also starring Catherine Spaak. Take A Hard Ride,delivers the goods,but something seems to be missing in this one, everything seems to get caught up in a whirlwind,good audio,video,Anchor Bay,16x9 widescreen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Hard Ride March 11, 2007
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One of my favorite western movies. I have always liked Jim Brown's westerns. He was in great form in this one. Lee Van Clief was great as the bounty hunter. The surprise was Jim Kelly. Some of his best martial arts fight scenes are on this movie. This is the type on movie I can watch over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Hard Ride Isn't Hard to Watch! September 6, 2010
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take a hard ride is a movie from 1975 in the tradition of other old fashioned westerns, moreso from the 50s and 60s. it adds a splash of blaxploitation in the casting of jim brown, jim kelly and fred williamson. other than that, there is nothing "B-movie" about it-- it was a major studio production and it shows. very good movie.

solid performances. i liked jim brown's understated turn as the guy just trying against all odds to do the right thing. williamson was charming as ever and definitely fit the profile of the shady old west gambler. jim kelly was good-- the part of a half indian/half black speech impaired young man suited him. he looked the part plus it was nice to not have to hear him deliver his lines mechanically, as he was famous for in other movies.

the stand out, tho, was lee van cleef. already a heavy hitter from several classic westerns, he deftly played the bounty hunter bad guy. it almost seemed like it was too easy for him to portray this part-- he was just that convincing.
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