Take a Hard Ride

Synopsis: Rugged trail boss and reformed criminal Pike promises his honest wealthy employer Morgan that he will venture across the desert to deliver $86,000 dollars in payroll money to a ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Pike makes an uneasy alliance with smooth, yet shifty gambler Tyree in order to successfully complete his dangerous mission. During their perilous trek Pike and Tyree encounter desperate prostitute Catherine and her loyal ace martial artist half-breed companion Kashtok. Meanwhile, ruthless bounty hunter Kiefer and numerous greedy others give dogged chase.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Antonio Margheriti
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
103 min

Good morning.

Good morning, Mr. Garms.

After you.


The name is Nesbitt.

You must have the wrong fellow.

Oh yeah?

We don't care for bounty hunters, Mr.

So why don't you just get on your

horse and ride on out?

I don't care what name you call him. Harry

Nesbitt is a good friend of mine.

Look, it was along time ago.

I was just a kid.

Them days are behind me.

I got a whole new life here.

A damn good life.

That's just about finished.

-They move along good, Mr. Morgan

-Keep at them.

Hey-up. Hey-up

Hi Kiefer.

So you found them... after all

Yeah. No thanks to you.

Sheriff, you knew him?

Lots of people around here

thought he was a good man.

-A wanted man, that's all that matters.

-To you.

To the law.

-The law is my business.

-Yeah. But you didn't do it.

You don't kill a man for 200 dollars.

Every man has his choice...,

..he made his.

One of these days, Kiefer...

...your're gonna go to far.

If I do... I would be for a Hell

lot more than this.

-Thank you.

-Thank you, sir.

First time I ever saw you

two move fast.

-What about the bonus?

-You got it.

Eventhough you didn't earn it.

-Oh Mr. Pike, Will was really sick.

-Yeah, terrible pain right here.

Wouldn't wish it on a rat.

Figure .. we deserve a drink too

Well, Pike...

Here's to us!

My God.. here's to us.

You always knew that we were gonna make it,

Mr. Morgan?

There were times when I wondered.

Wondered plenty.

Maybe I was biting off more than I could chew.

-How does it feel to be rich?

-Damned good.

But Hell,Pike, this money

is for all of us down in Sonora.

We're gonna do things down there.

All those things we have been

talking about all those years.

That sounds mighty good to me.

We're gonna make us a place where everybody

can live...

...without anybody to tell us what to think,

what to do.

A place where a man can be what he is.

Some good folks down in

Sonora, Mr. Morgan.

-Best I've ever met.

-Well, Pike, that is your home now.

You're as much a part of the

Morgan ranch as I am.

Mrs Linda Morgan, ranch

Dos Rios, Sonora, Mexico.

Everything is fine here. Stop.

Coming home with Pike. Stop.

Your loving husband, Bob Morgan.

-How long is that going to take?

-Not long at all.

She ougth to have it in a day or so.

Get this out a soon as you can, will you?.

-Can we send this right now?

-I will take care of it.

-Well, she knows we are heading home, sir.

-Yeah. Yeah she ought to.

What is it?

It must be.. I am little tired.

-I'll take you to the hotel.

-No, just give me a minute.

Take it easy, Mr. Morgan.

No time, Pike.

You listen.

No one but you.. you are gonna

get that money back to the ranch.

All the people are...counting on you.

You are going back, Mr. Morgan.

Give me your word, Pike!

Give me your word.

No matter what happens... you get that

money back down there.

Everything depends on that.

For everbody.

All our plans....

You got my words.

-Then I...

-Mr. Morgan?


Well, mister Dealer,

I sure would call this a fine hand.

Lacking only one thing, I trust

you will not deliver on me.

What the Hell are you talking about?

One card, sir.


And one for the dealer.

Ah.. one.

I believe one of you gentlemen

have the bet.

Here's your two. I'll push you for two more.

Your name wouldn't happen to be Pike?

I've been called a lot of things, sir

But that aint one of them.

Thought it might be my lucky day.

Do you know that buck that's

driving to Sonora?

The one with 86,000 dollars.

You gonna tell me that story about

Morgan 's payroll is true?

I swear, Mr.

My cousin Billy's seen it.

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Eric Bercovici

Eric Bercovici (February 27, 1933 – February 9, 2014) was an American television/film producer and screenwriter. He was best known for producing and adapting the screenplay for the 1980 television miniseries Shōgun.Born in New York City in 1933 to screenwriter Leonardo Bercovici, he studied theater at Yale University. His career had barely begun when his father was blacklisted from the late 1940s through the late 1950s. Eric Bercovici then went to Europe to work on films, returning to the U.S. in 1965. He then began writing episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, and The Danny Thomas Hour. He wrote the screenplays for the 1968 films Hell in the Pacific and Day of the Evil Gun. In the 1970s, he wrote episodes for Hawaii Five-O and created the series Assignment Vienna and its pilot Assignment: Munich. In 1977, he adapted John Ehrlichman's novel, The Company, into a miniseries titled Washington: Behind Closed Doors.In 1980, Bercovici adapted James Clavell's 1975 novel, Shōgun, about an English seaman marooned in 17th century Japan, into a nine-hour miniseries of the same name. He was also a producer of the series. Shōgun won three of its 14 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries, and all three of its Golden Globe nominations, including Best TV Series – Drama. At the time, it was also one of the highest-rated miniseries in television history, second only to Roots.Bercovici would finish out the 1980s and his writing/producing career for such series as McClain's Law, Chicago Story and Noble House, also based on a Clavell novel. When not writing screenplays, Bercovici wrote crime novels. more…

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