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Five the Hard Way (1969)

M | | Action, Sport | May 1969 (USA)
Motorcycle racer Rommel seeks vengeance against JC, a madman who murdered the sidehacker's fiancee.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Rommel
J.C. (as Mike Pataki)
Dick Merrifield ...
Luke (as Richard Merrifield)
Claire Polan ...
Edward Parrish ...
Jake (as Bob Tessier)
Eric Lidberg ...
Erik Cord ...
Dirty John
Toni Moss ...
Diane Tessier ...
Joey Tessier ...
Tony Lorea ...


Motorcycle racer Rommel and his fiancée Rita become friendly with a biker gang led by the unstable J.C. When Rita is raped and murdered by J.C. in a jealous rage, Rommel gathers some biker pals and goes on a hunt for vengeance. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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HARD RIDERS! Mounted on Burning Steel! ... with only their leathers between THEM and HELL!


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May 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Side Hackers  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)



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2.35 : 1
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The film was shot mostly on weekends. See more »


Five the Hard Way
Written by Jerry Styner, Mike Curb and Guy Hemric
Performed by The New Life
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five the hard-to-watch movie
19 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Five the Hard Way" (aka "The Sidehackers") doesn't know whether it wants to be a sports movie or a revenge story. Sidehacking is apparently a sport in which a motorcycle is affixed with a side-cart so that a person can hang off and help the rider steer. In the movie, a group of hoodlums tries to get in on the action, but the main sidehacker (Ross Hagen) tells them off. When the girlfriend of the lead hoodlum comes on to him, he tells her off, prompting the hoodlums to murder his girlfriend Rita (Diane McBain). From then on, the movie is all about revenge. About the only redeeming aspect of the whole movie is that Rita is quite hot. The "MST3K" version of this movie makes it watchable.

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