“Take a Hard Ride” Review | Varied Celluloid

“Take a Hard Ride” Review

Posted by Josh Samford On June - 30 - 2011

Hello all, we’re back yet again with a classic piece of western cinema. This time it’s a title that features a litany of big names including Lee Van Cleef, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly! How does this spaghetti western/blaxploitation hybrid work? You’ll have to read on to figure it out!

The Plot: Kiefer (Lee Van Cleef) is a bounty hunter who takes his job perhaps a little too serious. We learn this by watching him gun down a good man who committed a crime decades in the past and has since certainly worked off his crime. He’s not a man concerned with justifying his line of work, he’s just concerned with doing it well. When Morgan, a wealthy rancher who is trying to move $86,000 to Mexico, dies of natural causes he leaves his best friend and ranch hand Pike (Jim Brown) in charge of this mission. This makes Pike one of the most wanted men in all of the old west. He soon meets up with the cunning and dangerous Tyree (Fred Williamson) who wants his own shot at the gold, but is willing to help carry the money to Mexico before making his play. Along the way these two stumble upon a family who have been slaughtered by cowboys. Amongst them is Kashtok (Jim Kelly), the Indian raised African American who uses his fists instead of a gun. This strange group of travelers are going to have to contend with every gun in the west, as well as the dangerous Kiefer, as they travel all of these lonely miles.

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