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February 24, 2017
good caper/heist film mixed with modern western
February 10, 2015
Easy to follow, solid storyline and superbly well acted (especially by Lee Marvin). It is better than a lot of Westerns and I have no idea what the hold-up is for the dvd release!
½ December 20, 2013
Low-key western with a rather bleak story given what it depicts. It's a thoughtful piece of cinema but not one that will instantly agree with the audience.
March 19, 2013
Easy to follow, solid storyline and superbly well acted (especially by Lee Marvin). It is better than a lot of Westerns and I have no idea what the hold-up is for the dvd release!
August 11, 2011
Finally saw this on MGM print-on-demand DVD. Wish that the Irving Ravitch and Harriet Frank, Jr. script had been directed by Martin Ritt instead of Richard "it's just an assignment" Fleischer.
November 22, 2010
Decent Western with Lee Marvin as a shot up bank robber getting aid from some teenage boys (played by Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, and some other dude). A little slow moving but it gets the job done.
August 13, 2010
Easy to follow, solid storyline and superbly well acted (especially by Lee Marvin). It is better than a lot of Westerns and I have no idea what the hold-up is for the dvd release!
Super Reviewer
½ November 3, 2009
Good from start to finish
½ October 3, 2009
Pretty lame western that is only made watchable by the occasional presence of Lee Marvin. Robert Benton's "Bad Company" covered similar territory and is a far superior film. For Marvin fans only.
June 21, 2009
There's a reason this rarely seen western is rarely seen: its not very good. Lee Marvin plays an outlaw who trains a group of young men (Gary Grimes, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith) to rob banks and follow in his footsteps. While Marvin is always fun to watch, Grimes gets the lion's share of the footage and does nothing interesting with it. After this he did "Gus" and was soon out of the business entirely. Interesting to see Howard and Smith together a year after "American Graffiti". This could only be described as a big step down. Did enjoy Arthur Hunnicutt's brief scene as the old time outlaw, but the father issues and nickel psychology involving Grimes character are boring and fake.
March 25, 2009
Lee Marvin did a great job. I think this was actually one of the better westerns I've seen.
½ February 26, 2009
It was decent. I watch it all the way thru.
January 19, 2008
Seasoned bank robber Harry Spikes (Lee Marvin), takes three naive runaway teens under his wing and teaches them the tricks of the trade. But it dosen't take long before the boy's glamorized views of outlawry is altered forever.

This sadly overlooked western contains one of Lee Marvin's finest performances.
½ June 12, 2007
An overlooked Western gem with tough guy outlaw Lee Marvin showing the ropes to three young cowpokes. A very gritty character study and full of memorable vignettes.
½ June 7, 2007
Those impulsive teenagers! A good movie to show the kiddies.
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