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The Hellcats (1968)

R | | Thriller | 8 May 1968 (USA)
The brother and fiancee of a dead policeman infiltrate a female-led biker gang to uncover his murderer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Monte
Dee Duffy ...
Linda
Sharyn Kinzie ...
Sheila
Del 'Sonny' West ...
Snake (as Sonny West)
Robert F. Slatzer ...
Mr. Adrian (as Bob Slatzer)
Tony Lorea ...
Six Pack
Eric Lidberg ...
Hiney
Shannon Summers ...
Rita
Bro Beck ...
Detective Chapman
Diane Ryder ...
Candy Cave
Nick Raymond ...
Pepper
Hildegarde Wendt ...
Hilde (as Hildegard Wendt)
Dick Merrifield ...
Dean
Anthony Cardoza ...
Artist (as Tony Cardoza)
Elena Engstrom ...
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A soldier comes back from the war and goes undercover to avenge the death of his cop brother. His link to the murder is the fiancée of his brother, who wants vengeance too, and knows he was an infiltrated cop with a drug-dealing biker gang, the Hellcats, who are employed by the mob to move the drugs from Mexico to the USA. The two would-be avengers infiltrate the Hellcats, the girl is abducted, and now it's the retired soldier against all the bad guys. Written by Ken Oyler

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The cycle-gang gals... scratching... clawing any guy who gets in their way! See more »

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Thriller

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8 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Biker Babes  »

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1.78 : 1
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Shot on 16mm short ends. See more »

Goofs

The painter in the field reacts to the sound of the motorcycles coming up behind him yet we do not hear them until they come into the frame, and even then it is delayed until the second bike pulls up beside him. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Ton of Grass Goes to Pot (2015) See more »

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Goldfinger
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Music by Robert Mersey
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Z-Grade biker rubbish
5 January 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This incredibly shoddy 60's biker flick is a real mess. It features Ross Hagen as a man who infiltrates a bike gang called The Hellcats in order to find out who killed his brother. The plot has about as much focus as the blurry camera-work. It's all over the place. Random events sometimes happen for no discernible reason, for example, the scene where the artist and his model are attacked by bikers doesn't seem to have any relevance to anything. On the other hand, when a potentially half-interesting moment is about to happen, it's not shown at all; like when the bike race between to two gang leaders happens off-screen, wow the excitement. The scenes with The Hellcats are pretty sloppy in general and often just seem to consist of them muntering around while the psychedelic pop of the never-popular Davey Jones and the Dolphins plays endlessly in the background. The theme tune may nefariously make its way into your subconscious, so please beware. Despite the presence of authentic looking bikers, this is not exactly convincing stuff. When Ross Hagen first meets The Hellcats, he wins their respect by defeating their leader by simply pushing him over. I'm not certain that manoeuvre would've worked with The Hell's Angels to be perfectly honest but hey this is the movies eh? Our gang do incorporate some harder initiation rituals however, such as the strange limb stretching procedure so fair play but, sadly, they also have a member who goes around annoyingly playing a bugle at every given opportunity, so less respect on that score.

At the end of the day this film is all over the place. The camera-work is out-of-focus and badly framed, with peoples heads often off-screen. The acting is really terrible. The story is badly put together. And the action scenes are terribly presented (you would be forgiven for not even noticing when The Hellcat leader is shot, it's so shoddily done). Overall, it wasn't all that entertaining and can only be described as a truly Z-Grade counter-culture clunker.


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