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Wheeler (1975)

R | | Horror | 1975 (USA)
A drifter/hitman is hired by a local business man to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes his ... See full summary »

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A Damaged Hero finds redemption through a relationship with a 9 year old Orphaned Boy, then has his new found faith tested when he must choose whether or not to risk his own life in order to save a school bus full of children.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John King III ...
Wheeler
Herschel Mays ...
William Phillips
Christian Feazell ...
Young Wheeler
Candy Dee ...
Connie Phillips
Janel King ...
Ellen Peterson
Joanne Bruno ...
Bertha
Reed Johnson ...
Steve Foster
Jack Collins ...
Sheriff Tom Peterson
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Deputy Carl
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Slick (as Thomas Knight Lamey)
Paul Givens ...
Bo
Harold Grimmett ...
Band President
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Barmaid
Henry Evans ...
Pool Player
Cathy Poole ...
Cafe Waitress
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A drifter/hitman is hired by a local business man to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes his assistant must chase him while the hitman takes care of a few loose ends. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Film debut of Linnea Quigley. See more »

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[first lines]
Phillips: Boy, I'll pick you up about same time tomorrow, little before daybreak.
Boy: Yes, sir, I'll be ready.
Phillips: All right, maybe we'll catch some fish this time and we'll have better luck.
Boy: Yes sir.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: The Wheel of the Worst (2013) See more »

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Yesterday Was a Long Time Ago
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Back when ugly guys would get the lead role
25 October 2007 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

True to its title, this film does feature a psycho from Texas. Wheeler (John King III) rolls into a small town in order to help out in the kidnapping of a local oil businessman. He accomplishes his task early on and then spends the rest of the running time trying to get the money. He fails. This is a curious regional flick. It seems to have a message (child abuse makes people bad) but loses all that in the sleazy aspects and Southern justice. The film's highlight/lowlight has Wheeler pouring a pitcher of beer over a totally nude barmaid (Linnea Quigley in her first role) he is harassing. There is also one of the longest footchases in the history of cinema. It starts at like 52 minutes in and doesn't resolve itself (other scenes cut in) until a half hour later. If anything, it is worth seeing for John King III, who looks like a young, deranged Dick Van Patten with long hair.


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