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JIM BROWN & FRED WILLIAMSON 'TAKE A HARD RIDE' W/ JIM KELLY

Title: Take A Hard Ride Year: 1975 Rating: ***1/2
Expectations for a Blaxploitation-Western, being that Jim Brown and Fred Williamson play the heroes and/or anti-heroes, or a Spaghetti Western, since Lee Van Cleef is the bad guy, will be disappointed. While it does have some of the (very intentional) Spaghetti elements in style and music, and slick action sequences for Blaxploitation fans...

TAKE A HARD RIDE is actually an old-fashioned cowboy flick involving honest man Jim Brown and dishonest gambler Fred Williamson, on a quest to deliver money (that Brown made with late boss Dana Andrews) to a small town with cunning and deadly bounty hunter Van Cleef on their trail...

For eye candy there's Catherine Spaak with her very own sidekick Jim Kelly is a mute Indian scout (Williamson said to yours truly that it was because of his pal Kelly's limited vocal-acting abilities), sporadically wielding his signature karate moves. And Williamson's ambiguous nature adds suspenseful distrust for Brown, also adding to their chemistry in what's more a fun ride than a hard one, but a cool flick nonethless. With all the money involved, and an ensemble of non-trusting cowboys, you can say it's a mobile TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE.
Groovy Poster art for TAKE A HARD ROAD
Jim Kelly in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Jim Brown in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Lee Van Cleef in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Catherine Spaak and Jim Kelly in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Catherine Spaak and Jim Kelly in TAKE A HARD RIDE w/ Jim Brown
Lee Van Cleef in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Lee Van Cleef in TAKE A HARD RIDE
Catherine Spaak and Jim Kelly in TAKE A HARD RIDE w/ Jim Brown and Fred Williamson
TAKE A HARD RIDE w/ Jim Brown and Fred Williamson
Jim Brown with Cult Film Freak Patron Saint Dana Andrews in Take A Hard Ride
Dana Andrews in a small but important role in Take A Hard Ride
Fred Williamson in TAKE A HARD RIDE w/ Jim Brown
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