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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John King III ...
Wheeler
Herschel Mays ...
William Phillips
...
Slick
Candy Dee ...
Connie Phillips
Janel King ...
Ellen Peterson
Joanne Bruno ...
Bertha
Reed Johnson ...
Steve Foster
Jack Collins ...
Sheriff Tom Peterson
Marland Proctor ...
Deputy Carl
Christian Feazell ...
Young Wheeler
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: Wheel of the Worst #3 (2013) See more »

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Yesterday Was a Long Time Ago
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In-your-face nastiness only possible during the 70s
4 April 2004 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Buoyantly grimy feature is a headless wallow in the cinema pigpen, but does have its iniquitous black heart in the right place. The meandering account of two hired criminals embroiled in a kidnapping scheme is merely a flimsy framework for the binding of several scenarios, each rife with senseless violence and gratuitous naturism of the female form. I have absolutely no problem with that, especially with a baby-faced Linnea Quigley in the mix, being doused with beer and forced to dance to twangy country tunes.

Our primary antagonist is a moon-faced Texas nutcase with a sick penchant for lustmord, a psychosis seeded in his childhood when he saw his mother in concupiscent action with some random Tom, Dick, or Harry. John King III gives his psychotic character the works in an over-the-top and pretty memorable performance, though the rest of the cast are merely commensurate(which is better than can usually be expected from this subjacent ambit of cinema)

5.5/10...unapologetically excessive, dog-eared 70s fun.


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