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Death Riders (1976)

PG | | Documentary, Sport | July 1976 (USA)
Documentary goes on the road with state fair daredevils.

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Henry Trumblay ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bud Boerma
Joe Byars
Jim Cates
Ron Cheesman
Larry Mann
Jim Moreau
Floyd Reed Jr.
Floyd Reed Sr.
Danny Reed
George Sisson
Rusty Smith
Bob Spears
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Documentary goes on the road with state fair daredevils.

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A Motion Picture Dedicated to Those Who Don't Make It See more »

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Documentary | Sport

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Part of a 1970s cycle of works which were about stunt-work and the stunt profession in movie-making. In his book "Cult Movies 3", Danny Peary says in his piece on The Stunt Man (1980) that "there had been a proliferation of theatrical and television films about stuntmen". The films include Hooper (1978), Animal (1977), Evel Knievel (1971) (1971), Stunt Rock (1980), Evel Knievel (1974) (1974), Dare Devils (1973), Deathcheaters (1976), Stunts (1977), Viva Knievel! (1977), Superstunt (1977), Death Riders (1976) and The Stunt Man (1980). See more »

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Junkyard Serenade
Sung by Porter Jordan
Written by Porter Jordan and Jerry Styner
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25 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The director of photography for this film was Vilmos Zsigmond. The photography of the film is one of its strongest points. It hardly represents the work of an amateur "learning on the job". The lack of multiple cameras is most likely a result of budget constraints. This film is worthy in many respects. The time capsule aspect, the photography, and the place it sits in the history of documentary film making. It is interesting to know that the same director of photography shot both Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The human bomb act is especially interesting in the light of modern times. Just thirty years ago people were blowing themselves up for entertainment. The addition of car bombs and suicide bombers in current society adds to the dating of this film. This film is also reminiscent of Endless Summer.


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