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Five the Hard Way (1969)

M  |   |  Action, Sport  |  May 1969 (USA)
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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
Diane McBain ...
Dick Merrifield ...
Claire Polan ...
Edward Parrish ...
Michael Graham ...
Diane Tessier ...
Dirty John (as Eric Cord)
Eric Lidberg ...
Ivy Ross ...
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 <>

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


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Release Date:

May 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Side Hackers  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)



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2.35 : 1
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Five the Hard Way
Written by Jerry Styner and Guy Hemric
Performed by The New Life
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Introduces the sport of sidehacking.
7 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is quite bad. Though in the end I still feel a bit for the guy. This movie starts out as being kind of an advertisement for a sport called sidehacking. In it a motorcycle is equipped with kind of a side car and the person in that leans into the curves to help you turn and stuff. Though I am pretty sure you can gain more speed and turn better without that feature. Then plot points are introduced as our sidehacking friends who are also mechanics meet this group of rejects who do stunt shows or something. They want the main guy to join, but he is inclined not to. The lead guy of the stunt people has a girl who falls for our hero and this leads to all the trouble. Why the hero can't let her down easily is beyond me, but she runs to the JC or JT (leader of the stunt show) and says the hero messed her up. Well one thing leads to another and we now have a revenge flick on our hands where sidehacking is no longer used at all. The hero gets some guys together and for some reason forbids the use of weaponry and they go to get revenge on JT or JC. Very boring for the most part, with very little in the way of action till the very end. Watching them Sidehack is kind of funny though.

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