The Spikes Gang


Action / Drama / Western

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 967


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Ron Howard as Les
Lee Marvin as Harry Spikes
Arthur Hunnicutt as Kid White
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1hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Little-known western is worth a look

THE SPIKES GANG is a moralistic, low budget western and something of a vehicle for the great Lee Marvin, playing his usual drunken, ne'er-do-well character. The western is also a showcase for a number of youthful stars including Ron Howard and Charles Martin Smith, moving on from their work on American GRAFFITI. The story sees bank robber Marvin taking the youths under his wing as part of his gang, but of course the story gets complicated after that.

This film is one of the less well-known works of director Richard Fleischer but at times it's just as interesting as something like TORA! TORA! TORA!. Marvin is great value and the young actors do well, and the narrative structure which begins with idealism and ends with pessimism is handled adroitly. The ending is particularly hard-hitting and effective.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Funny how things work out."

Here's something you wouldn't expect but it's true for the moment, Charles Martin Smith has four more acting credits to his name here on IMDb than his contemporary Ron Howard. Of course there's no matching Howard's career output since he also appeared in so many TV series episodes that don't count individually, but I thought that was interesting. Both are still active so I guess their stats will be a moving target for a while, but at least at the time I write this, Smith has Howard edged by four.

Well this one's a tough call. You'd think the three farm boys would eventually come around to the error of their ways, and they did actually, but in one of those 'careful what you wish for' sort of ways. At least one of them should have been wary enough to figure Spikes (Lee Marvin) would turn on them after he told them about killing his wife. OK, in a convoluted way he made it sound like she had it coming, but that would have been a hint that once there was a bounty on their heads, all bets of friendship would be off the table.

I wonder if it was inadvertent or intentional, but at one point Spikes tells Will (Gary Grimes), Les (Howard) and Tod (Smith) that the citizens of Uvalde "ain't expectin' a wild bunch like us". Either way it was kind of a neat tribute to the 1969 film.

One thing I noticed here is something I never had before, and it's probably due to Lee Marvin's look as the outlaw Spikes. He had that uncharacteristic bushy white mustache and whenever he was positioned a certain way he looked the spitting image of my next door neighbor. The next time I see him in the yard I'll have to let him know. Marvin had more hair though.

Reviewed by merklekranz 8 / 10

Infinitely quotable and superior to most .......

Lee Marvin has played the role of crusty gunslinger many times, and he does not disappoint here. The story of three farm boys throwing in with the wily bank robber is both believable and different. The film is never dull, with Marvin spewing forth quotable lines throughout. This is not some sugar coated view of their desperate situation as hunted men, but rather a realistic look at the downside of breaking the law. Of course the boys elicit sympathy, even though they are killers, no different than their mentor. "The Spikes Gang" is one of those movies that far exceeds expectations, is worth seeking out, and not easily forgotten. - MERK

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