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Action Double Feature: The Last Hard Men / Sky Riders
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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 wifes 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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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.
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This is a great double feature that looks really good for the price you pay.
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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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James Coburn, great actor and villan. Born and raised in Laurel Nebraska, 20 minutes from where I call home. Great western, why don't they make films like this anymore?Published 26 days ago by Britt J Becker
Not one of Heston's and Coburn'a best movies, this one had a thin plot line and was the kind of move that was made for the 2 to 4am crowd.Published 8 months ago by William R. Myers
two great movies, James Coburn was an outstanding actor, love his moviesPublished 10 months ago by Edward Hicks
liked the last hard men/did not like sky riders -it was not a western-Published 14 months ago by Joseph German
Not the original version; has an alternative ending which was very disappointing.Published 16 months ago by Tim