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The Cycle Savages (1969)

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The leader of a biker gang takes exception to an artist sketching them, so he makes plans to crush the artist's hands.

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Keeg
Melody Patterson ...
Lea
Chris Robinson ...
Romko
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Sandy
Karen Ciral ...
Janie
Mick Mehas ...
Bob
Jack Konzal ...
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Tom
Joe McManus
Jerry Taylor ...
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Denise Gilbert ...
The Little Girl
Daniel Gaffouri ...
Marvin
Anna Sugano ...
Motorcycle Girl
Gary Littlejohn ...
Motorcycle Boy
Ron Godwin ...
Walter
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The leader of a biker gang takes exception to an artist sketching them, so he makes plans to crush the artist's hands.

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They steal women... initiate them into the pack... sell them on the black market of crime! See more »

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24 September 1969 (Sweden)  »

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Portrait of Violence  »

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I Wanna hear Some Bones Broken!
20 February 2006 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Romico doing sketches of scenery around town gets the attention of a gang of bikers who feel that their privacy had been invaded. The bikers then take it upon themselves to break the artists hands for doing it. You wonder just what's the big deal since the bikers, lead by this spaced out lunatic Keeg, are really doing nothing illegal at the time and can easily be photographed by dozens of people, including the police themselves who must have a number of their mug shots.

The bikers getting Romico alone in his apartment house has Keeg slicing him in the stomach with a straight edge razor. Thats to teach Romico a lesson and keep him from drawing them but that just gets Romico, after he recovers, angrier. It turns out that Keeg and his gang are out on the streets picking up and recruiting young girls for this big-time Las Vages pimp that they work for.

The thought that Romico's drawings of Keeg and his boys, and girls, will alert the local vice squad to his actions are as ridicules as Keeg himself. Since the Vice Squad headed by Det. Scott Bardy have been on to him for some time and must have an album of photos of his and his gang. The only reason you can gather for his unbalanced and bazaar actions is that he's suffering from some kind of paranoia from all the drugs and booze he's been taking and drinking.

Romico injury meanwhile is being taken care of by this quack doctor and Lea who later turns out to be a spy for Keeg. The doctor gets Romico out of his apartment and into Lea's place where Romioc is given a bowl of hot soup and some close and warm attention from Lea has Keeg's bikers break into Romico's pad and steal his drawings. With Romico finding out that his place had been ransacked by the bikers and that his prize sword, who's significances is never explained to the audience, stolen he immediately goes to their hideout and beats up two of the bikers thus getting his sword back from them and leaving the place in shambles. This makes Keeg even more determined to do in Romico and then plans to kidnap him and break his hands so he'll never draw again.

We also have this little episode in the movie where Keeg and his bikers rob this guy of his motorcycle in broad daylight at a local park beating him unconscious. All this seemed to be put in just to show how wild and crazy he and his boys. The scene had really nothing to do with either Romico Lea or later Janie, who was inducted into Keegs club and then gang raped and shot up with drugs and acid.

It was Janie who wanted to join Keeg's gang, and then turned into a hooker and junkie by doing it, that eventually brought him down by almost dropping dead in the park. Janie tells the vice squad at the hospital what Keeg and his gang did, this gives the police the proof that they need to bust him and him gang.

Keeg meanwhile had Romico kidnapped and brought to his hideout where his hands were about to be crushed in a vice. It's then that Lea changes her mind about betraying Romico and comes to his rescue freeing him by pulling a gun out on Keeg & Co. and having Romico released.

The cops now on their way to the bikers hideout, after being told by Janie where it was, has Keegs about to take off but his biker moll Sandy is now afraid that he's leaving her. Keeg told Sandy Earlie that she doesn't have what it takes to be a member of his "exclusive" organization.

Sandy grabbing Lea's gun and shooting wildly alerts the cops and has Keeg running for his life as all the other bikers scatter like a bunch of cockroaches when you turn the lights on. Onside Sandy who couldn't hit Keeg at point blank range in the clubhouse shoots wildly at the motorcycle fleeing Keeg from some 100 feet away, the gun actually jerks upwards before it goes off,and amazingly Sandy hits Keeg square on target killing him instantly. The movie ends with Sandy crying and holding the dying Keeg in her arms as the scene turns, or morphs, into one of Romico's drawings.

More like a home movie then anything else with Bruce Dern as Keeg doing a good job looking like he's strung out on drugs. Chris Robinson as the sensitive and courageous artist Rominco looks as if he's sorry that he's in the movie and trying to keep a straight face in all the scenes he's in. Even when his hands are being screwed into a vice Robinson is so unconcerned to what's happening to him that he looks like his mind, or concentration, is anywhere but in the scene that he's in!


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