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Angels Hard as They Come (1971)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  September 1971 (USA)
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Sex, violence and bikers on an action filled ride, in this film produced and co-written by Jonathan Demme.

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Long John
Charles Dierkop ...
General
James Iglehart ...
Monk
Gilda Texter ...
Astrid
Gary Littlejohn ...
Axe
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Henry
Don Carerra ...
Juicer
Brendan Kelly ...
Brain
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Vicki
Dirty Denny ...
Rings (as Dennis Art) (as Dennis 'Dirty Denny' Art)
Neva Davis ...
Clean Shiela
Cherie Latimer ...
Lucifer's Girl
Marc Seaton ...
Louie
Steve Slauson ...
Magic
John Raymond Taylor ...
Crab (as John Taylor)
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A drug deal is foiled, when the cops show up. They agree to meet in a few days out in the desert and complete the deal. The Angels head for the meeting place. On the way they meet up with the Dragons and are invited to come party with some hippies in an old ghost town. The General, leader of the Dragons is a psychotic dwarf and his henchman Axe isn't to stable either. The trouble start when one of the hippie girls is murdered and the Dragons decide that one of the Angels did it. Written by Ørnås

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Makes taking a nap look like Mardi Gras
14 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Jonathan Demme, who wrote the script for this, went on to become one of Hollywood's most prominent directors. There's no indication of his talent whatsoever in this, his first work. "Angels Hard as They Come" is possibly the dullest, least interesting biker flick I've seen. Its not bad enough to be funny and not good enough to be noteworthy. Its just boring all the way through. The back of the DVD I got says its a satire of the genre. If thats true, its an accurate (if unfunny) depiction of the biker films. If not, its the most clichéd biker film I've seen in a while. Demme originally planned for the film to be a "biker 'Rashomon'". If that original concept had panned out, this may have been like his later interesting (if overrated) take on the women-in-prison film "Caged Heat". Unfortunately it didn't, and we were stuck with this.

People don't watch biker films for quality acting or good direction. They watch them for some exploitation thrills. The standard rumble scenes are in "Angels", but they offer no excitement at all because the characters are so uninteresting and hard to differentiate from one another. I realize that biker films don't have multi-dimensional protagonists, but the ones in this aren't even amusing stock types. Plus, the film is pretty tame outside of some brief nudity (its not wall to wall with sadism). To be fair, some of the acting is decent (in particular Scott Glenn) and its fun to see cult actor Larry Tucker ("Shock Corridor", "Blast of Silence") in a small role in the beginning. Still, if you want a good biker flick check out "The Wild Angels" or "The Born Losers". "Angels Hard as They Come" makes taking a nap look like Mardi Gras. (2/10)


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