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The Hellcats (1968)

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

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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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brother | biker gang | biker | murder | fiancee | See more »

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

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Action | Thriller

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8 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Biker Babes  »

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Shot on 16mm short ends. See more »

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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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Dramatic Storm
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Music by Ib Glindemann
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Bikes! Broads! Booze! Boredom!
4 September 2007 | by (North Hollyweird) – See all my reviews

I've seen a lot of these 1960's biker movies. They are one of my favorite movie genres. Only a few left that I haven't checked out. If you check my other reviews, you'll see this to be the case.

This one is a complete mess, but if you're looking some primo ATMOSPHERE, this clunker has it in spades. Plenty of filthy bikers, hot biker chicks (including Cyclops, the bad-ass chick with an eye patch!), drinking Miller high Life, selling dope, and like most biker films, implied rape.

But if you want a good plot, 'fraid you're too square for the room, fella. What plot there is involves Ross Hagen (late of The Sidehackers, The Devil's 8, and Speedway, plus an infinite number of TV guest shots...and still acting, bless him! UPDATE 2012: Ross was still acting when I wrote this review, but he is no longer with us, R.I.P.) as a gormless straight who "goes undercover" and infiltrates a sleazy biker gang to get his own personal brand of revenge. (A tired plot device shared with several other 60's biker flicks, including the Mini Skirt Mob, Hells Angels '69, and my personal favorite, The Tormentors.) See, his brother got offed by these unshaven scumbags and he's gonna take them down! Payback is a bitch, man. He's joined by his brother's foxy, but not too foxy, fiancé. They're just waiting for the right moment to get their revenge! Meanwhile, they ride around on bikes, fist fight, and drink Miller High Life.

There's some other nonsense regarding dealing large quantities of narcotics and the police attempting to keep an eye on the gang's nefarious activities. Of course, these plot threads, threadbare as they are, join up at the end. Or do they? The plot is so weak it was kind of hard to tell exactly what was going on. In fact, the cruddy VHS dub I had featured muffled sound, making most of the dialog hard to fathom.

I have to say I gave this movie a 4 because I thought the music was pretty cool; some actual '67 garage band cuts, plus some really lovably overdone canned production background music that was probably left over from 77 Sunset Strip. Plenty of bongos in evidence. There was even a soundtrack LP released, which I believe somebody recently reissued in the past couple years. "Groovy, man."

So there you have The Hellcats. No plot at all, but plenty of Sixties biker gang atmosphere and neat music. If that's enough to intrigue you, give it a try. If you haven't seen any of these Drive-In motorcycle movies before, start off with a better one like THE WILD ANGELS, or better yet, THE TORMENTORS, which is utterly preposterous, but hilariously so.


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