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The Savage Seven (1968)

Approved | | Action , Crime , Drama | May 1968 (USA)
Mad bikers storm through an Indian reservation just to have a good ol' time.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Michael Fisher, Rosalind Ross (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Walker Jr. ... Johnnie
Joanna Frank ... Marcia
John Garwood ... Stud
Larry Bishop ... Joint
Adam Roarke ... Kisum
Max Julien ... Grey Wolf
Richard Anders Richard Anders ... Bull
Duane Eddy ... Eddie
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Taggert (as Chuck Bail)
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Fillmore
Billy Green Bush ... Seely
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Running Buck (as John Cardos)
Susannah Darrow Susannah Darrow ... Nancy
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Bruno
Eddy Donno ... Fat Jack
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Biker gang leader Kisum (Adam Roarke) loves waitress Marcia Little Hawk (Joanna Frank). Her brother Johnnie Little Hawk (Robert Walker, Jr.), the leader of a group of American Indians disapproves. At various times these two groups are adversaries and allies. The two groups join forces but crooked businessmen scheme to have them at each other's throats again. The theme song "Anyone for Tennis" is by Cream. The Iron Butterfly are heard playing their classic "Iron Butterfly Theme." Producer Dick Clark and director Richard Rush made "Psych-Out" earlier in the year. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Nipton, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Perfect)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, which was held in Austin, Texas in 1997. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Anyone For Tennis? (Theme from The Savage Seven)
Music by Eric Clapton, Lyrics by Martin Sharp
Performed Cream
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Better Than You'd Think
11 January 2001 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

About the uneasy alliance between a gang of bikers and dirt poor Native Americans with the establishment, naturally, as their common foe. Directed by Richard Rush, who would go on to make the brilliant "The Stunt Man", the film delivers on all the action and stunts you'd expect from this genre while also injecting some obvious but effective social commentary. (The powers-that-be pit the bikers and Indians against each other to dissolve their strength and perpetuate their fringe status.)

The lead biker, Adam Roarke, is commanding and charismatic - he's not the meathead you'd expect from this sort of film. In fact, there is a gravity and depth to his performance that catches you off guard at first. He's a bewildering but fascinating mix of aggression and sensitivity, someone grappling with the scrambled values of the era. I liked Robert Walker Jr. too as the hot-headed, blue-eyed Indian. Often too boyish and elf-like, he's edgier and more natural here.

The movie has style to burn and stands up as an unusually well-mounted (and richly photographed) biker flick, with some brains behind the chains. Rush doesn't seem inhibited by the common-ness of the material - he builds the characters and moves his camera (it glides and whirls like a gymnast) in typically startling fashion. The whole exercise seems to center around Roarke's memorable line "If I'm going to be a bear, it might as well be a Grizzly."


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