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The Jesus Trip (1971)

GP | | Action, Drama | August 1971 (USA)
When the police discover that their motorcycles are concealing heroin, Waco (Robert Porter) and his motorcycle gang hides out in a desert convent. A highway patrolman (Billy 'Green' Bush) ... See full summary »

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Tippy Walker ...
Anna
Robert Porter ...
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Tarboro (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Diana Ivarson ...
Casey
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Folsom
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Pinole
Wally Strauss ...
Jasper
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Sister Charlotte
Jenny Hecht ...
Inka
Bebe Louie ...
Wahoo
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Duncan
Frank Orsatti ...
Tyler
Alan Gibbs ...
Chester (as Allan Gibbs)
Joe Wertheimer ...
Border Guard
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When the police discover that their motorcycles are concealing heroin, Waco (Robert Porter) and his motorcycle gang hides out in a desert convent. A highway patrolman (Billy 'Green' Bush) hunts down the gang after they kidnap a nun, Sister Anna (Tippy Walker) and flee the convent. Soon Waco and the young nun fall in love and she is forced to decide whether or not to leave the church for him. Written by alfiehitchie

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Waco's Bunch Rode Hard And Fast To Meet Their Fate... and Sister Anna rode with them!

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The Jesus Trip
Music by Bernardo Segall (uncredited)
Lyrics by Bryan Ryman
Performed by Lee Dresser
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Offbeat biker movie
1 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mixed-gender group of shaggy but harmless bikers, who've apparently just rented or bought their hogs, are stopped by a Border Control agent (Billy Green Bush). They flee, fearing the bikes may be "hot." Then they discover that the bikes are in fact carrying loads of pure heroin. (It was a little unclear to me whether the border control agents already knew that, and were engaged in smuggling.) One of the bikers gets wounded in flight, and when they all hole up at a desert convent, they have another altercation with the agent and flee with a young nun (Tippy Walker) as hostage. But the agent pursues them all with ever-greater firepower and a sadistic streak.

Just about the sole theatrical feature by a director who otherwise did TV movies and episodes for decades, "The Jesus Trip" takes itself seriously and is low on the usual biker-flick exploitation elements, despite a fair amount of violence. Character development could be a lot stronger, especially in charting the relationship between the nun and lead biker Waco (Billy Porter)--one minute she's a hostage, the next she's taking off her cowl and falling in love. Still, the performances are decent and the movie is very well shot--at least I think so, based on a so-so YouTube transfer presumably from a VHS tape. There's an alarming sequence when the agent and fellow cops terrorize captive bikers whom they've buried up to their necks in the sand.

Low-key and minimally scored, "The Jesus Trip" is not amazing, but a good example of the kind of offbeat, arty genre films that often turned up (and then immediately disappeared) in the early 70s.


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