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The Choppers -- Jack Crusier is the leader of a gang of teenage car-strippers called the Choppers.


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30 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Arch Hall Jr. ... Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan

Robert Paget ... Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
Burr Middleton ... Snooper (as Mickey Hoyle)
Rex Holman ... Flip Johnson (as Roye Baker)
Chuck Barnes ... Ben Shore

Tom Brown ... Tom Hart
Marianne Gaba ... Liz
William Shaw ... Police Lt. Frank Fleming (as Bill Shaw)
Bruno VeSota ... Moose McGill
Britt Wood ... Cowboy Boggs
Dee Gee Green ... Gypsy
Richard Cowl ... Torch's Father (as Richard S. Cowl)
Patrick Hawley ... Officer Jenks (as Pat Hawley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arch Hall Sr. ... Jim Bradford (uncredited)
Carmella N. Hall ... Tina (uncredited)
Bill Rolland ... Man Handing Bradford a Microphone (uncredited)

Directed by
Leigh Jason 
Writing credits
Arch Hall Sr. (written by) (as Arch Hall)

Produced by
M.B. Collins .... associate producer
Arch Hall Sr. .... producer (as Arch Hall)
Original Music by
Al Pellegrini 
Cinematography by
Clark Ramsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie  (as Jack W. Ogilvie)
Casting by
Malcolm Eagle 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound technician
Music Department
Al Pellegrini .... musical director
Other crew
Bill Rolland .... special car

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USA:66 min
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The hot rod Arch Hall Jr. drives in the film was a famous vehicle, built and owned by Bill Roland, that had been featured on the cover of "Hot Rod" magazine.See more »
Continuity: As the Choppers' truck is driving down the highway, a police car - a 1957 Plymouth - pulls up behind them and turns on its siren to have them pull over. However, when the car pulls alongside of the truck and forces it to the side of the road, it has turned into a 1959 Chevy.See more »
Mr. Lester:[drunkenly, into microphone] I wanna tell the whole world something. Those cops, they ain't gonna take my boy Torch. There ain't enough cops in the whole world to take my boy Torch. You hear me? They ain't gonna take my boy Torch!
Jim Bradford:[taking away microphone] Ladies and gentlemen, when you pick up your morning newspaper and read about some youngster getting into trouble and wonder why... I think you've heard one good answer.
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Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962)See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of Fairway's better efforts . . ., 8 December 2003
Author: frankfob from California

. . . which isn't saying much, as besides this and the excellent "The Sadist," Fairway's output was nothing but Grade-Z trash. There are several factors, however, that raise this a notch or two above the usual Fairway garbage. One is that director Leigh Jason makes this film look better and more professional than it deserves. Jason, a Hollywood veteran who had been directing since the 1930s, had obviously fallen on hard times if he was reduced to working for Fairway, but he still knew how to put a film together, something that Fairway never seemed to quite get the hang of. Another factor in the film's favor is leading lady Marianne Gaba. While she's no great shakes as an actress, she is nonetheless competent, and also drop-dead gorgeous (as one would expect a former Playboy Playmate to be) and a welcome relief from the embarrassing attempts at acting from most of the rest of the cast (one odd thing, though, is her "romance" with Tom Brown, who plays her boss. Brown, who had been an actor since the 1920s, has to be at least 25 years older than Gaba, and that kind of age difference was seldom, if ever, seen in Hollywood films until relatively recently). Veteran heavy Bruno VeSota is his usual enjoyable if somewhat hammy self as the crooked owner of a junkyard. Whatever pluses the film has, however, are more than outweighed by the laughable, self-consciously "hip" dialog by writer/producer Arch Hall Sr.--some of the "slang" he writes for the teenagers is out of the 1940s, not the 1960s--and the almost non-existent production values. Most of the film is shot outdoors and the few interior sets are threadbare in the extreme. The "rock n' roll" score is, as has been previously mentioned, perversely enjoyable in its awfulness. A few neat old cars--especially an absolutely gorgeous '59 Cadillac convertible that is seen in the very beginning of the film and never shown again and a very nice early '50s Kaiser that is, unfortunately, stripped to the bones and trashed--and the beautiful Gaba make this a film that you might want to see once, but that's about it.

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