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Wild Rebels -- After experiencing one too many crashes, Rod, a stockcar driver, gives up his competitive career to go undercover.

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September 1967 (USA) See more »
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THEY LIVE FOR KICKS...LOVE FOR KICKS...KILL FOR KICKS! See more »
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A stock car driver goes undercover as the wheel man for a motorcycle gang. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Like a John D. MacDonald story gone wrong, but still watchable See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Steve Alaimo ... Rod Tillman
Willie Pastrano ... Banjo
John Vella ... Jeeter
Bobbie Byers ... Linda
Jeff Gillen ... Fats
Walter R. Philbin ... Lt. Dorn
Robert Freund ... Detective
Seymour A. Eisenfeld ... Walt Simpson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nora Alonzo ... Nori
Art Barker ... Gunshop owner
The Birdwatchers Band ... Band in the bar
Nick Bontempo ... Policeman
Gary Brady ... Third college boy
Aaron Deaton ... Policeman
Emil Deaton ... Second Sheriff
Dennis French ... Policeman
Tom Frysinger ... First Sheriff
Steve Gellar ... Second college boy
Jamie Hickson ... Policeman
Dutch Holland ... Driver
William P. Kelley ... Bank teller
Cosmo Lloyd ... Bank guard
Phil Longo ... First man
Chris Martell ... College Boy
Kurt Nagler ... First college boy
Milton Smith ... Bartender
Bob Sparks ... Policeman
Edward Wanisko ... Policeman
Bobby Brack ... Driver in Group Walking Behind Rod Tillman (uncredited)
Craig Caraglios ... Birdwatcher band member (uncredited)
Dave Chiodo Jr. ... Birdwatcher band member (uncredited)
Sammy Hall ... Birdwatcher's Band Lead Singer (uncredited)
Rocky Hart ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Ish Ledesma ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Keith MacKendrick ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Eddie Martinez ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Joey Murcia ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Joey Murcia ... Birdwatchers band member (uncredited)
Jerry Schills ... Birdwatcher band member (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Grefe 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Grefe 

Produced by
Joseph Fink .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Al Jacobs 
 
Cinematography by
Clifford H. Poland Jr. 
Harry Walsh 
 
Film Editing by
Julio C. Chávez 
Robert Woodburn 
 
Makeup Department
Marie Del Russo .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Karoff .... second assistant director
Ronald N. Walsh .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Guanci .... property master
Patrick Nielsen .... set designer
 
Sound Department
John Barry .... sound
Bernie Blynder .... sound
Nat Ragland .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Bobby Brack .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Clark .... key grip
Tony Gulliver .... still photographer
Bill Swan .... lighting
Harry Walsh Jr. .... camera assistant
William Walsh .... camera operator (as William J. Walsh)
 
Editorial Department
Ronald N. Walsh .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Chelo Garcia .... titles
Betty Kerwin .... script supervisor
Charles W. Persons .... assistant producer
Nohemy Someillan .... titles (as Nohemi Someillan)
 

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Shot in fifteen days.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When Banjo shoots the cops during the bank robbery, he manages to hit both despite the fact that his shotgun is aimed away from them at a 45 degree angle.See more »
Quotes:
Banjo:He's square baby. Really square.
Rod:Look, you just keep trying to put that square peg in a round hole and everything'll be FINE!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Like a John D. MacDonald story gone wrong, but still watchable, 4 June 2005
Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska

"Wild Rebels" was probably a fun second film at a drive in movie triple feature 40 years ago. It hasn't aged very well, but it was never meant to age well; it was obviously intended to be disposable, forgettable fun from its inception. Taken on that level, it's a good example of the biker flick genre.

Several elements help distinguish it from the dozens of similar films being churned out at the same time. The 'hero', 'Rod Tillman' (Steve Alaimo) comes off as somewhat of an unimpressive 'Everyman' - he's not especially brave, tough, talented, or handsome (although he does win a fight with a tough biker gang member halfway into the film, and the girl gang member chooses to help him over her fellow gang member at the end of the film). The soundtrack is quite well done, featuring a nice 'Ventures' style bass/drum riff that keeps things moving and saxophones and brass charts that pep things up quite a bit. And although the script is pretty shallow, all the actors inhabit their cardboard characters convincingly and with a fair amount of energy.

There are plenty of careless technical gaffes: terrible 'day-for-night' scenes that occur in broad daylight, squealing tires in a swamp, fire sirens mistakenly stuck on the soundtrack instead of police sirens, a bank sign made of duct tape on a ceiling tile, a Luger that sounds like a Winchester 30-06, shotgun blasts that cut down people 100 yards away, a detective killing a biker on a 3rd floor landing from the ground with a revolver with a 2 inch barrel.

There are a whole bunch of goofy story elements : Linda (the girl gang member) disables a bank guard with a drug-filled syringe, the final shootout takes place inside a lighthouse (!), police roadblocks don't actually block roads, the police apparently never heard of ducking, and the police detectives apparently never heard of planting bugs or having their undercover guy wearing a wire.

But the plot chugs along, the cameraman knows what he is doing, the pacing in most scenes is pretty good, and there are some nice, zippy one liners and dialog exchanges here and there that keep the energy level up. (My favorite: "Man, you're messing with private stock! (ie, Linda)" So no, don't seek this one out or anything, but if a copy of the MST version should fall in your hands, you should have some good, shallow fun watching it. Vastly superior to "Five the Hard Way" or "The Hellcats" or even 'Girl In Gold Boots' (three other MST covered counter culture movies).

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