Take a Hard Ride

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Take a Hard Ride
TakeAHardRidePoster.jpg
Take a Hard Ride film poster
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Produced by Harry Bernsen
Written by Eric Bercovici
Jerrold L. Ludwig
Starring Jim Brown
Lee Van Cleef
Fred Williamson
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Riccardo Pallottini
Edited by Stanford C. Allen
Production
company
Bernsen-Ludwig-Bercovici Production
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 29, 1975 (1975-10-29)
Running time
103 min
Country Italy
United States
Language English

Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 DeLuxe Color Italian-American Spaghetti Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly.

Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with Tyree, a dishonest gambler. The duo attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles of Western wasteland to deliver it to the widow of Pike's former employer.[1]

Co-financed by Italian and American producers, filming took place on location in the Canary Islands.

On June 21, 2011, the film was released on DVD through Shout! Factory as part of a double feature with Rio Conchos (1964).[2]

Plot[edit]

Pike (Jim Brown), the right-hand man of cattle rancher Bob Morgan (Dana Andrews), is entrusted with a mission to deliver $86,000 across the border to the Morgan Ranch in Sonora, Mexico after his boss dies. Pike teams up with dishonest gambler Tyree (Fred Williamson) and they are forced to trust each other while being pursued by various outlaws and gunmen trying to possess the money, including the ruthless bounty hunter Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef) and corrupt sheriff Kane (Barry Sullivan).

Along the way, the duo comes across a prostitute (Catherine Spaak) in need of rescuing and Kashtok (Jim Kelly), a mute Indian scout skilled in martial arts, as well as Chico, an orphan Mexican boy. After numerous gun battles and chases, Pike and Tyree reach the end of the line at an abandoned mine, where they duke it out over the money, yet finally settle and work together after getting word of the approaching gunmen.

They give the money to the boy, then tell Kashtok to give safe passage to Chico and get the money safely to the ranch. Pike and Tyree devise a plan to escape by using explosives to blow up the mine shaft behind them, killing all their pursuers except for Kiefer, who decides to forgo his bounty and let the men continue their quest to reach the ranch.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brenner, Paul. Take a Hard Ride at AllMovie. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Mavis, Paul (June 21, 2011). DVD review: Rio Conchos and Take a Hard Ride, DVD Talk. Retrieved January 9, 2014.

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