Watch: The Last Hard Men 1976 123movies, Full Movie Online – In the early 20th century, some convicts while on a road gang escape and one of the convicts is Zach Provo, a half Indian, who was sent to prison during the latter part of the 19th century. He escapes with 6 others to exact vengeance on Sam Burgade the lawman who not only captured him but was also responsible for the death of Provo’s wife, at least in Provo’s mind. Part of his plan is to kidnap Burgade’s daughter, which prompts him to strap on his guns and go after him on horseback. Can Burgade who has been retired for sometime still have what it takes to track Provo down?.
Plot: In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade’s life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come gunning for Burgade.
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The Last Sadistic Twitches
This is a minor 70s Western, directed with rather too much stolidity by Andrew V. McLaglen. Heston hasn’t quite got the form in the genre to pull off the ageing lawman role, although you can certainly see his ornery old Republican role being practised before your eyes; Coburn is good as the psychotic halfbreed outlaw looking for revenge, but he needed a director who encouraged him to loosen up more and go loco.
The film does score points, though, in its nastiness. There is a genuinely sadistic universe on show here, as if in the last days of the Wild West the outlaw and the marshal both were reduced to being little more than collections of violent spasms, each twitch aimed at causing some torment to another human being, and each situation causing more twitchin’.
Revenge Western, Mostly Routine.
Charles Coburn and half a dozen other prisoners escape from jail. They’re pretty dangerous hombres. The call goes out for the retired territorial law officer Charlton Heston to strap on his guns again, though he’s out of practice. The last time he rode a horse was years ago. This is the early 1900s. Teddy Roosevelt is president. There are railroads, telegraph, telephones, autoMObiles, and television sets. Well, not that, but everything has been modernized in the West except Heston and Coburn, sworn enemies of each other in the old-fashioned way.
Coburn is a smart bandido. Instead of immediately trying to rob the nearest gold, he kidnaps Heston’s daughter, Barbara Hershey, and the gang ride off with her. Coburn realizes that Heston and the posse will be forced to follow them. He plots an ambush.
Does all of this sound familiar? It ought to. It’s one of those “end-of-the-trail” Westerns that were popular during the 70s. Sam Pekinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” was about the end of the old West. So was “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Both were monumental hits, and a number of similar Westerns, “The Shootist”, for instance, did well too.
Andrew V. McLaglen was an acolyte under John Ford, but Ford’s humanity and sentiment were becoming antiquated. The Western — hell, the world itself — was becoming cynical and brutalized, as Pekinpah’s work demonstrated. McLaglen’s heart here is with Ford but the time called for a new and bloodier approach. As a director, McLaglen was never a genius, always a stalwart, but here he seems, like Buridan’s ass, to have starved between two haystacks.
I didn’t find it anything more than routine. Even the violence was routine by this time.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min), 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (15-rated) (Sweden), 1 hr 34 min (94 min) (cut) (Norway)
Director Andrew V. McLaglen
Writer Brian Garfield, Guerdon Trueblood
Actors Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Barbara Hershey
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision
Printed Film Format 35 mm