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Hell's Angels '69 (1969)

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Two brothers have a plan on how to rob the Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. They join a motorcycle gang and while the others are drinking and partying outside of town, they change their ... See full summary »

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Lee Madden

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Don Tait (screenplay), Tom Stern (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Stern ... Chuck
Jeremy Slate ... Wes
Conny Van Dyke ... Betsy
Steve Sandor ... Apache
Sonny Barger ... Sonny
Terry the Tramp Terry the Tramp ... Terry
Clifford Workman Clifford Workman ... Skip (as Skip)
Tiny Walters Tiny Walters ... Tiny (as Tiny)
Charles Tinsley Charles Tinsley ... Charlie Magoo (as Magoo)
The Oakland Hells Angels The Oakland Hells Angels ... Themselves (as The Oakland Hell's Angels)
G.D. Spradlin ... Detective
Bobby Hall
Bob Harris Bob Harris
Raymond Renard Raymond Renard ... (as Ray Renard)
Ric Henry Ric Henry
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Two brothers have a plan on how to rob the Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. They join a motorcycle gang and while the others are drinking and partying outside of town, they change their clothes and head off to rob the casino. Of course, the police do not look for two well dressed criminals among the Hell's Angels. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

BETTER THE FUZZ THAN THE ANGELS... The law wants you ALIVE... the Angels aren't particular! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm I Las Vegas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

During the fight outside the Hell's Angels' Club house, one of the bikers is thrown on the roof of the car and a cameraman is visible in the back seat. See more »

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References Where Eagles Dare (1968) See more »

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Hang on Tight
Vocals by Tony Bruno
Music by Tony Bruno
Lyrics by Frank Avianca
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A Good Idea, a Tedious Movie
1 May 2010 | by aschelandSee all my reviews

"Hell's Angels '69" takes the premise of "The Thomas Crown Affair" and re-tools it as a biker flick. It's a clever idea, and "Hell's Angels '69" is better than most biker flicks from this period, with a bit more story, character development and subtext. Unfortunately, it's still not much of a movie.

The movie's first misstep is revealing its hand from the beginning: Tom Stern and Jeremy Slate are crooks, not "real" bikers. Knowing this from the get-go removes an element of mystery, and the story might have been a bit more interesting had this fact been revealed later. Then again, the moment Stern and Slate hook up with the Hell's Angels -- featuring actual members of the notorious biker gang -- it's obvious they're not the rough n' tough bikers they claim to be. A big tip off: Slate asks the gang's sole "old lady," Conny Van Dyke, if she's ever considered settling down, getting married and raising children. Van Dyke is too clean-cut looking to really pass as a jaded biker chick (she looks much more at home in the powder blue dress and low-heeled pumps she dons later in the movie), but since that's the role she's playing one would assume she'd become suspicious when Slate starts talking like a high school guidance counselor. Apparently, these Angels were so impressed by Stern and Slate's bike tricks ("Watch this!") they're willing to overlook the guys' square tendencies.

Another misstep -- and one I'm surprised was allowed to happen -- is featuring real Hell's Angels and sanitizing them. In this movie, the gang just likes drinking Olys, riding their choppers and perpetrating vandalism, pretty much in that order. The guys get nasty in the final act, but for much of the movie they're presented as nothing more than 1950s juvenile delinquents with beards and a fondness for Nazi memorabilia.

Finally, "Hell's Angels '69" makes the same mistake of almost all biker movies: overestimating the entertainment value of guys riding bikes. You get plenty of footage of the gang riding down two-lane highways, riding through Vegas, riding through the desert, and, of course, riding through town while frightened squares look on. Yeah, they're bikers, we get it, but a little goes a long way, and it makes "Hell's Angels '69" go on a little too long.


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