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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 Richard Anders ... Bull
John Garwood ... Jocko
Mireille Machu 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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The shattering true story of the Hell's Angels of Northern California! The violence...The hate...The way-out parties...Exactly as it happens! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pokol Angyalai újra száguldanak 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The soundtrack includes a song called "A Study in Motion #1" sung by the Los Angeles band, The Poor,. The group's lead singer and bass player was Randy Meisner, five years before he joined the Eagles. See more »

Goofs

Glass bottle breaks before hitting the biker's head. See more »

Quotes

Poet: What fruit factory do you guys come from?
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Study in Motion #1
Written by Chuck Sedacca and Stu Phillips
Sung by The Poor
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beautifully obscure, sometimes non-sensible, and a lot of B-movie biker fun
31 August 2005 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Hell's Angels on Wheels, if you're into the biker genre, is not a second-rate vehicle for its promoters, the Hell's Angels (Sonny Barger, reportedly at the time, said it was the "most accurate" of the films on them). Going by the sort of Roger Corman standard (not just for biker movies but for his brand of 'fast-food' style films, not very good for you but it goes down fast), of a fight or some other form of action happening every 15 minutes or so, the film is hip in its period way, and isn't pretentious in the slightest.

Even with the name of Jack Nicholson's character, Poet, nothing near the intellectual and philosophical realm of Easy Rider comes close (though Nicholson's main scenes are some of the best in the film, more comparable to Five Easy Pieces than the Wild Angels). It's about a guy, Poet, who is a gas station attendant who decides randomly to go along with the Angels. Some of the standard plot stuff happens; the hero's girl flocking to someone 'else'; shenanigans in a small town; beefs with the 'pigs'. Leading along the way, in a sense almost in an unintentional training form for a later triumph, Laszlo Kovacs is the DP and he takes down these images usually in more of a documentary form as they ride around, and there is an added (if of course all in good, violent biker fun) intensity to the fight scenes. Along with Nicholson, his usual brooding, cool self, is Adam Rourke, turning in not a bad performance as the leader of the gang.

Is it trash? Sure. Is it worth watching once? Absolutely, at least if you're curious about/into the period and sub-genre (the music isn't very good, by the way, a sign of what was needed in Easy Rider). Does it give a little room for Nicholson to give a little of his great B-movie gusto? No doubt about it. And is the story paper thin? No doubt about it. Hell's Angels on Wheels is stupid, rollicking good drive-in style fun, with some technical flair and character actor hipness to cover the tracks of the many flaws.


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