The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »
A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of the Angels, a motorcycle gang from San Pedro, California; Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ends up in the hospital. When the Angels bust him out, he dies, and they bury him. Nancy Sinatra plays Mike, Blues' "old lady" and Diane Ladd plays Loser's wife (Dern's real-life wife at the time). The plot is basically a buildup to the last half-hour of the film in which Loser's funeral becomes another wild party. Written by
George Chakiris was originally hired by Roger Corman to play "Black Jack" (later changed to "Heavenly Blues" by Peter Fonda), but insisted that a stunt double do his motorcycle riding, so Corman replaced him with Fonda, who was originally cast as "Loser". See more »
During the final party, Loser's corpse moves his arm towards his chest. See more »
Roger Corman shocked Hollywood and the world with his controversial telling of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Gang. But, in telling the story, Corman depicts the generation gap of the 1960s and the feeling of hopelessness by the youth of middle-America as the war in Viet-Nam raged in the background.
Peter Fonda equals his role in Easy Rider. He plays Heavenly Blues the leader of the Angels. He plays it cold and emotionless-a true leader void of feeling, but hungry for power. Nancy Sinatra gives her finest performance as his devoted girl-friend, still clinging to the old fashion idea of Love, yet willing to do "anything" to keep her man. It's in casting Fonda and Sinatra in the lead roles that Corman gives his movie the impact it richly deserves. They represented the youth of the 1960's rebelling against their parents concepts of love, life, and morality. The supporting cast includes fine performances by Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Micheal J. Pollard, and Gayle Hunnicutt.
Corman has created a political film which demonstrates that even "Freedom" has its price.And just what price someone is willing to pay, is up to them. An outstanding film. 10 out of 10.
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