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"Mystery Science Theater 3000" The Sidehackers (1990)

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Joel Hodgson (creator)
Michael J. Nelson (head writer)
Original Air Date:
29 September 1990 (Season 3, Episode 2)
In "The Sidehackers" (also known as Five the Hard Way (1969)), a motorcycle racer and a violent stunt rider start a war of vengeance against each other... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon ... Gypsy

Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... Frank / Gooch

Michael J. Nelson ... J.C.
Nathan Molstead ... Jerry
Amy Kane ... Sylvia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Carr ... Magic Voice (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jim Mallon (host segments)
Writing credits
Joel Hodgson (creator)

Michael J. Nelson (head writer)

Trace Beaulieu (written by) &
Frank Conniff (written by) &
Joel Hodgson (written by) &
Jim Mallon (written by) &
Kevin Murphy (written by)

Cinematography by
Ken Fournelle (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Tim Paulson 
Art Direction by
Trace Beaulieu 
Joel Hodgson 
Makeup Department
Faye Burkholder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alexandra Carr .... post-production supervisor (as Alexandra B. Carr)
Alexandra Carr .... production manager (as Alexandra B. Carr)
Kevin Murphy .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Trace Beaulieu .... set designer
Joel Hodgson .... set designer
Sound Department
John Calder .... audio
Special Effects by
Joel Hodgson .... gizmonic devices
Visual Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... special visual effects and other fancy stuff
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Fournelle .... lighting
Kevin Murphy .... lighting
Music Department
Charlie Erickson .... composer: theme song
Joel Hodgson .... composer: theme song
Joel Hodgson .... lyricist: theme song
Michael J. Nelson .... composer: additional music
J. Elvis Weinstein .... lyricist: theme song (as Josh Weinstein)
Joel Hodgson .... performer: theme song (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Czech .... intern
Jann Johnson .... production assistant (as Jann L. Johnson)
Amy Kane .... intern
Tamra Lewis .... intern
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster
Michelle Molhan .... intern
Nathan Molstead .... intern
Jim Smith .... intern (as James Smith)
Bryan Beaulieu .... special thanks
Randy Herget .... special thanks

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Directed by
Joel Hodgson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Hodgson  creator

Production Design by
Jef Maynard 
Makeup Department
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jann Johnson .... production manager (1994-1997) (as Jann L. Johnson)
Special Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... special effects
Other crew
Frank Conniff .... script supervisor
Kelly Nathe .... production assistant (1992-1993)
Joseph Olson .... intern (episodes 814-817)
Julie Walker .... info club Poobah (1993-1996)
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details


Did You Know?

When the movie was selected, none of the writers had watched the entire thing. While writing for the episode, they saw the entire movie for the first time, including the graphic rape and murder scene halfway through. Shocked, the writers edited the entire scene out of the episode. After that, movies being considered for the show had to be watched in their entirety before they were selected.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the "Sidehackin'" song in one of the bridge skits, a blue screen is used to show footage from the movie in the background. Joel's blue jumpsuit bleeds into the movie footage. The footage also shows through the neck of Crow's blue guitar.See more »
Joel:Well, you guys gotta understand, it's really hard to get a new sport going. It's hard to get the recognition that other sports enjoy. Can you name a few?
Tom Servo:Uh, kickboxing from the Philippines... uh, tape measure racing...
Crow T. Robot:And, uh, computations, and Australian rules football.
Joel:Right, and what do all these sports have in common that sidehacking does not?
Crow T. Robot:Uh, a rudimentary interest factor?
Tom Servo:A sense of fair play?
Crow T. Robot:A small measure of self-esteem?
Tom Servo:Yeah.
Joel:Right, these are all really good answers, but the thing I was looking for was terminology. It's impossible to have play-by-play or color commentary without it! So, let's put our heads together and come up with some terminology that really showcases some of the really exciting moves in our sport, sidehacking. Cambot, roll that footage.
Crow T. Robot:[footage plays, the next lines are voice over] It looks like the Wesley Brothers out of John Harding starting things briskly with the Fuller Brush Man in a Rumplestiltskin follow-through with a Teenage Coed Prison!
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Movie Connections:
References "Gilligan's Island" (1964)See more »
SidehackinSee more »


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Only Love Pads The Film!, 24 November 2014
Author: geminiredblue from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Years ago, MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) was the best TV show out there. And the concept was simple enough: A guy and two robots are stranded on a satellite and forced to watch terrible movies. Their solution? To riff on the cinematic train wrecks with comedic gusto. Something we've all done... admit it, you know who you are! SIDEHACKERS (AKA: FIVE THE HARD WAY) was a break from their usual sci-fi/ horror fodder. But it's no less bizarre. In the late 60s, biker movies were all the rage. Also in the late 60s, and continuing into the late 70s, there was a sub-genre called "Rough Justice". In these films, the anti-hero, a solitary character, was wronged by a group of ruffians. And so, the anti-hero would hunt down said ruffians and kill them in some morally questionable ways. For instance, think of: DEATH WISH, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Just to name a few. In SIDEHACKERS, stuntman-turned-actor Ross Hagen plays Rommel, a biker who competes in sidehacking. Basically, a race involving two people on one bike. He's engaged to Rita. And their love is pure and free, as evidenced by the syrupy sweet music. But wouldn't ya know, Rommel gets on the wrong side of JC (Michael Pataki, in his most psychotic role). He winds up getting badly beaten. But Rita is killed. Now, Rommel wants vengeance. He calls on several lowlifes to help carry out his revenge. Acting is, on the whole, good. Hagen, though, isn't much of an actor. There are some truly excruciating moments, like the dumb hick's rendition of the old "some can tell a joke, and some can't" joke. And the ending is a bleak cop out. My main complaint is with the misleading titles. Where's all the bike racing that the title "Sidehackers" would suggest? And what the heck does "Five The Hard Way" even mean? It sounds like the punchline to a dirty limerick. To the MST3K version, I give it 8 stars. On its on, the film earns a whopping 4.

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