Story of a group of drag races and the young boy and girl who join them.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Lewis
Wm. J. Beaudine ...
Roger Hampton ...
Toad (as Brad Reardon)
Carl LaBove ...
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ...
Gas Station Man (as Michael Donavon O'Donnell)
Lewis' Man
Gary Littlejohn ...
Lewis' Man
Lily Rabin ...
Mushroom Lily


A couple scam a Hi-Rider out of some cash during a drag race, and when he refuses to pay, they track him down to the gang's hideout. Lucky for them the leader is a good, reasonable guy, and the couple start hanging out with the gang. However, after a fatal collision of the son of the "big man in town" during a race, the gang has to fight for their lives against the man's legion of hillbillies. Written by Ørnås

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May 1978 (USA)  »

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$125,000 (estimated)

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Drag racing movie is one of the worst ever
11 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HI-RIDERS is one of those all-out speed flicks that were made during the 1970s to celebrate fast-moving vehicles and much vehicular mayhem. This one's about teen drag racing, so kind of an update on the old biker movie sub-genre, as it follows a young couple who join a drag racing gang and contend with all the usual trouble from rivals and the law.

Unfortunately, this is one of the worst of its type, a truly pitiful film in every respect. It doesn't help that the quality of the print in existence is extremely sub-standard. The direction of the drag racing scenes, of which there are many, is awful, and they look like stock footage. In fact, I'm surprised they're so mishandled when director Greydon Clark went on to make the above average sci-fi chiller WITHOUT WARNING.

The cast is eminently forgettable and the characters one-dimensional. A few weary-looking faces show up in supporting roles (Mel Ferrer, Ralph Meeker, and Neville Brand) but fail to register. The plotting is lifeless and dull, and the running time seems to drag on interminably until the blessed moment when the credits finally roll.

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