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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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Richard Rush was originally asked to direct this film, but turned said offer down. Rush recommended Bruce Kessler to direct this movie instead. 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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Average biker flick.
1 January 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Tom Stern ("Hell's Angels '69") stars as Mike, a Vietnam veteran who returns home determined to form his own biker gang and stick it to the man. He assumes control of his former cronies, who were better behaved before he came along. He wants to make his gang all-powerful, and their antics lead to fairly predictable results.

Overall, as directed by Bruce Kessler ("The Gay Deceivers"), "Angels from Hell", which gets a special 'story consultant' credit for famed Angel Sonny Barger, is typical for the genre, with decent action and a cast full of tough guys and sassy, sexy ladies. The music score is most groovy, with a priceless theme song to boot. Perhaps most interesting is that the movie isn't quite as anti-establishment as other entries in this genre, at least in its even handed portrayal of lawman Bingham (played by the late, great actor / director Jack Starrett).

The swaggering Stern does alright in the central role. Among the supporting players are Ted Markland ("Fighting Mad") as Smiley, the enticing Arlene Martel ("Zoltan: Hound of Dracula") as the independent-minded Ginger, Paul Bertoya ("Hot Rods to Hell") as the unstable Norman, Jimmy Murphy ("Mister Roberts") as Tiny Tim, and, in his film debut, wrestler Pepper Martin, famous for his role in "Superman II".

The ending fails to be all that satisfactory, but it does have a feeling of somber inevitability as Mike tries to make the case that the law should protect those of his kind as well as the average citizen. The end credits give the performers an appreciated "curtain call", and the movie does entertain if never really catch fire.

Seven out of 10.

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5 June 1968 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA

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