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Angels from Hell (1968)

Approved | | Action | 5 June 1968 (USA)
A destructive ex-motorcycle gang leader comes home from Vietnam to resume his life. His desire to form a powerful gang has the police running scared. But, will he succeed...


Bruce Kessler


Jerome Wish (screenplay) (as Jerry Wish)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Mike
Ted Markland ... Smiley
Jack Starrett ... Bingham
Arlene Martel ... Ginger
Paul Bertoya Paul Bertoya ... Nutty Norman
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Tiny Tim
Sandra Bettin ... (as Saundra Gayle)
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Baney
Luana Talltree Luana Talltree ... Angry Annie
Suzy Walters Suzy Walters ... Saundra Gayle (as Susanne Walters)
Rod Wilmoth Rod Wilmoth
Steve Oliver ... Speed
Pepper Martin ... Dennis
Jay S. York Jay S. York ... George (as Jay York)
Susanne Sidney Susanne Sidney ... Buff (as Ginger Snapp)


Mike (Tom Stern), an ex-motorcycle club president from the baddest gang in Riverside, California, returns home a hero after serving in Vietnam. Unable to find his former gang there, he follows a lead and finds Smiley (Ted Markland) and the rest in Bakersfield, California hole up at Ginger's (Arlene Martel) house. Under the watchful eye of Sheriff Bingham (Jack Starrett), who had an "understanding" with the previous president, Mike finds himself up against crooked cops under Bingham's watch. In defiance, he uses his war-hero experience to organize a new, united super outlaw gang. When one member beaten up and killed by police, an all-out cop vs. biker war results.

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The opening titles and the set murals in the biker hangout were done by famous automotive artist and pinstriper Von Dutch. See more »


Mike: Well, uh, I suppose your other leaders made you a lot of nutty promises. Yeah, like a beer in every hand, or uh, some pot for every cot, well I'm not gonna make you any promises. I am gonna lay some jazz on your mind boy. I'm gonna put some things down about the wild things I have in store for this club.
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Alternate Versions

Speed's death scene is cut from broadcast and home video versions of the film. After the joint is planted on Speed by the two police officers, he manages to escape on his bike, only to be chased down and killed when the officers cause him to crash. Part of the scene is featured in the film's trailer. See more »


Featured in Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993) See more »


Angels from Hell
Written by Stu Phillips, Guy Hemric, and Byron Cole
Sung by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
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"Boredom from Hell" is more like it
18 December 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Although I'm usually a big fan of drive-in movies, I have to confess that motorcycle gang movies kind of leave me cold. So I might be writing this review with some prejudice, but I think that this particular motorcycle movie will be badly judged by other drive-in movie fans. The biggest problem with it is how slow and uneventful it is. In the first half of the movie, almost nothing of consequence happens. It's almost all padding. There's a bit more plot in the second half of the movie, but the movie still feels slow and lacking bite. Another big problem with the movie is that the main character (played by Tom Stern) is not developed very well; we never quite sense what makes him tick and what motivates him. By the way, while the movie got an "R" rating back in 1968, it's not very explicit by today's standards; it would get a "PG-13" rating at most if submitted to the MPAA today.

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