Review: ‘The Last Hard Men’

The Last Hard Men is a fairly good actioner with handsome production values and some thoughtful overtones. Charlton Heston and James Coburn are both fine as a retired lawman and his half-Indian nemesis matching their wits in 1909 Arizona along the way to one last bloody confrontation.

The Last Hard Men is a fairly good actioner with handsome production values and some thoughtful overtones. Charlton Heston and James Coburn are both fine as a retired lawman and his half-Indian nemesis matching their wits in 1909 Arizona along the way to one last bloody confrontation.

Coburn escapes from a Yuma prison gang to wreak carefully planned revenge on Heston, who killed his wife years ago in a scatter-shot shootout. Recruiting a motley gang Coburn lures the anxious Heston out of Tucson by kidnapping and molesting his daughter (Barbara Hershey).

The details of life at a crucial transition point in American history are well captured in the script and in the art direction.

The Last Hard Men

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Andrew V. McLaglen; Producer Walter Seltzer, Russell Thacher; Screenplay Guerdon Trueblood; Camera Duke Callaghan; Editor Fred Chulack; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Edward Carfagno

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston James Coburn Barbara Hershey Jorge Rivero Michael Parks Larry Wilcox

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