The Spikes Gang
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Spikes as played by Marvin is not all bad or all good and it is his part of this story that really stirs the pot that helps raise this film above the ordinary.
This film was released as a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R format from the MGM Limited Edition Collection.
Sturdy Lee Marvin is in fine form here, playing Harry Spikes, the sort of gentleman bandit that children (and even some foolish adults) want to believe is the reality rather than the fiction. Despite his geniality, he is a realist -- direct, logical, unflinching, and in his own way, honest. When three boys (Ron Howard, Gary Grimes, and Charles Martin Smith) fall under his influence, it spells the beginning of the end of their innocence. "The Spikes Gang" is the kind of story that rarely gets told anymore, actually showing the consequences of violence, selfishness, and poor choices. It offers a greater range of emotions than most films do today -- at times, the boys really are on the grand adventure they think they are on -- but it always comes back to harsh center. In some ways, it's a revisionist western, but "The Spikes Gang" really has more in common with the sentiments of Mark Twain, who blamed romantic writers like Walter Scott for filling the heads of boys with foolishness about the glory of war.
In many ways, the film also serves as a critique of mainstream American culture.Read more ›
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Good western, great acting even though movie not well known.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lee Marvin is great in this movie with and all star the move is excellent with Gary Grimes and Ron Howard and the bluray is excellent id give this movie a 4 star.Published 5 months ago by vernon egolf
This is an excellent movie, one of the mysterious Gary Grimes' best, and one of the earlier "realist" Westerns. I was very happy to find it finally on DVD. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by James P. Wright
An underrated Western. Maybe not a great movie, but one that has scenes that impress. Probably Lee Marvin's last excellent performance. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Hank Johnson
THE SPIKES GANG IS AN OUTSTANDINGLY DIRECTED AND ACTED WESTERN, WITH UNUSUALLY GREAT ATTENTION TO HISTORICAL DETAIL. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by napoleon1
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