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3.0 out of 5 stars Violent revenge Western, November 6, 2007
This review is from: The Last Hard Men [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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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