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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Hatch ... Jesse
Susanne Benton ... Kathy
Doug Chapin ... Pat
Ann Noland ... Jo Ella
Renee Paul ... Dancer
Ralph Montgomery ... Bar Boss
Roger Bear ... Kola
John McKee ... RV Salesman
Bonnie Erkel ... Doreen
Julienne Wells ... Brenda (as Julie Clinch)
Michael Gordon ... Truck Driver
Ray Wilinski ... Band
Richard Trees ... Band
Wade Wilson ... Band

Directed by
Noel Nosseck 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doug Chapin  additional dialogue
Arnold Somkin 

Produced by
Paul Cowan .... associate producer (as Paul D. Cowan)
Noel Nosseck .... producer
Original Music by
Rick Cunha 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz 
Film Editing by
Robert Gordon 
Casting by
Jack G. Roberts 
Art Direction by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
Makeup Department
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (as Peter Deyell)
Sound Department
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Craig Stewart .... sound effects editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Hankins .... second assistant camera
Skip Karnas .... gaffer (as Albert Karnos)
Jack O'Reilly .... best boy
Leslie Otis .... first assistant camera
Harry Rez .... key grip (as Harry R. Davis)
Music Department
Rick Cunha .... musician
Transportation Department
Robert Decker .... transportation
Other crew
Jill Baker .... assistant to producer
John Dorr .... script supervisor (as John Door)
Sascha Schneider .... production assistant
Robert Stein .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot holes: After Pat buys a motorcycle, he is usually seen riding separately from the other characters, presumably because there is no readily apparent way to carry the bike aboard their RV. However, after the group visits the Indian ruins, Pat is seen driving the RV cross-country. His motorcycle has apparently vanished, yet it inexplicably reappears later in the film.See more »
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An Interesting Tale That Spirals Into Mayhem, 29 April 2011
Author: BloodTheTelepathicDog from north dakota

Richard Hatch and Doug Chapin have been best friends all their lives. They have done everything together, including enlisting in the Army for service during Vietnam. The two served stints as paratroopers during the war but the war had a different effect on each young man. Richard Hatch wants stability and has proposed to his flame Susanne Benton while Chapin wants the good times to keep on rolling.

Hatch, who was discharged before Chapin, goes to pick up his old buddy with Susanne Benton and Chapin's on-again-off-again love interest Ann Noland in tow. Hatch's plan is to have a relaxing road trip back home in their rented RV--one last adventure with his closest chum before he enters married life. Chapin on the other hand wants the adventure to last forever and has no intentions of settling down. When he realizes that his best pal is eager to enter the domesticated life of a husband, Chapin tries everything to dissuade his chum from tying the knot.

STORY: $$$$ (The story is very strong until it takes that seedy turn at the end, which I won't spoil for you. The characterization for all the actors is quite strong. Richard Hatch's character is pulled from both sides by the woman he loves and the best friend he has done everything with. The story boils over near the end when Chapin gives him the most uncompromising of ultimatums. Would any soon-to-be husband agree to what Chapin proposes? I doubt it. Watch and answer for yourself).

ACTING: $$$$ (Very strong. Everyone is convincing in their roles. Doug Chapin is brilliant as Pat who would do anything to keep the good times rolling. He adeptly plays the devil on Richard Hatch's shoulder. He uses every ploy he can think of to get Hatch to call off the wedding, including setting his girlfriend on Hatch. Hatch is equally strong as Jesse who wants the stability that comes with a job and family but struggles to let go of his best buddy even when all hope is lost. Ann Noland shines as the free-spirited Jo Ella who is eager to settle down with Chapin but when he rebukes her, her world is leveled and she seeks to restructure it any way she can. Susanne Benton, from A BOY AND HIS DOG, is great as Jesse's prim-and-proper betrothed. When Ann outstages a stripper at a bar, Susanne jokes about going up there with her but it is against her nature. Her nature, the good girl next door--the type you marry--is in stark contrast to Ann Noland's free-spirited Jo Ella).

NUDITY: $$$ (Ann Noland has a striptease scene as the aloof dame takes her top off in the most foolish of settings. With nothing but rowdies about, and just two guys to protect her, he shucks her top with a devil-may-care attitude. Ann also has a sex scene in the RV with Chapin and an outdoors romp with Hatch. Susanne Benton, by contrast, refuses to accompany Ann on the stripper's stage and gives the modest gal nude scene in a shower--keeping her goods for one man. Not only are Noland and Benton's characters in contrast but so are their bodies. Noland is a lithe-bodied lady while Susanne boasts an ample chest).

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