The Spikes Gang

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

An engaging Western, based on Giles Tippette's novel The Bank Robber but designed more or less as a sequel to Robert Benton's Bad Company, with Marvin as a wounded gunman helped by three boys, and later (after they run away from home in search of the excitement and easy living conjured by his reminiscences) tutoring them on the downward path. Familiar territory (ageing outlaw hemmed in by shrinking frontiers and cruel options), but beautifully acted, sharply scripted, and often very funny en route to the bitter final lessons in disillusionment. One of Fleischer's best movies from the '70s.


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

Richard Fleischer
Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr
Lee Marvin
Gary Grimes
Ron Howard
Charlie Martin Smith
Arthur Hunnicutt
Noah Beery
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