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Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | June 1967 (USA)
At first, gas station attendant Poet is happy when the Hell's Angels gang finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns just how brutal they are.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writer:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Roarke ... Buddy
Jack Nicholson ... Poet
Sabrina Scharf ... Shill
Jana Taylor Jana Taylor ... Abigale
Richard Anders ... Bull
John Garwood ... Jocko
Mireille Machu ... Pearl (as I.J. Jefferson)
James Oliver James Oliver ... Darrell 'Gypsy' Whitman
Jack Starrett ... Sgt. Bingham
Bruno VeSota ... Episcopal Priest (as Bruno Vesota)
Bob Kelljan Bob Kelljan ... Artist (as Robert Kelljan)
Kathryn Harrow ... Lori
John 'Bud' Cardos ... (as Bud Cardos)
Tex Hall Tex Hall
Gary Littlejohn Gary Littlejohn ... Moley
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Storyline

At first gas station attendant Poet is happy when the rockers gang "Hell's Angels" finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns how brutal they are - not even murder is a taboo to them. He gets himself in trouble when the leader's girlfriend falls in love with him - and he welcomes her approaches. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hells Angels on Wheels See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fanfare Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hell's Angels On Wheels was the original title for The Wild Angels (1966), which was released the previous year and starred Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra. See more »

Goofs

Shadow of the boom mic can be seen on the wall behind Buddy when Officer Bingham busts in on the party at Shill's apartment. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Poet: What the hell is the matter with you?
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Alternate Versions

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967 and only passed in 1977 after BBFC cuts to heavily edit the fight scenes. The 1988 video version featured a new opening montage of rape and violence scenes which were not in the original cinema print, and these scenes (totalling 11 minutes) were completely removed by the BBFC as well as shots of kidney punches during the hotel fight. The 2006 Cinema Club DVD restores the punches and was pre-edited by the distributors to remove the alternative opening scene. See more »

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Study in Motion #1
Written by Chuck Sedacca and Stu Phillips
Sung by The Poor
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Above average b-grade biker exploitation.
30 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Hells Angels on Wheels' is a surprisingly tough and entertaining b-grade 60s biker movie. Jack Nicholson plays a gas attendant named Poet who becomes involved with some Hells Angels. Their leader Buddy (Adam Roarke) takes a shine to Poet, and Poet is attracted to Buddy's old lady Shill (Sabrina Scharf). Nicholson went on to movie superstardom, Roarke to cult status and an untimely death, and Scharf a bit part in 'Easy Rider' and then a career in politics. Most people will probably watch this to get some cheap laughs out of early Nicholson. He is actually pretty good here, better than the material deserves, but the real star performance in the movie is from the seriously underrated Roarke. Roarke was often the best thing about the sometimes awful movies he had to appear in (see 'Dirty Mary Crazy Larry' for example), and he exudes charisma and intelligence here. Director Richard Rush obviously valued him, as he reteamed him with Nicholson in the hilarious 'Psych-Out' and even gave him a small role in his masterpiece 'The Stunt Man'. 'Hells Angels on Wheels' obviously isn't anywhere near as good as the latter, but it is much better than you'd expect and definitely worth tracking down.


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