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The Rebel Rousers (1970)

R | | Crime, Drama | April 1970 (USA)
In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul ... See full summary »


Martin B. Cohen


Martin B. Cohen (screenplay), Michael Kars (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Paul Collier
Bruce Dern ... J.J. Weston
Diane Ladd ... Karen
Jack Nicholson ... Bunny
Harry Dean Stanton ... Randolph Halverson (as Dean Stanton)
Neil Burstyn ... Rebel
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Rebel
Earl Finn Earl Finn ... Rebel
Philip Carey Philip Carey ... Rebel (as Phil Carey)
Robert Dix ... Miguel
Sid Lawrence Sid Lawrence ... Townspeople
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Townspeople (as Bud Cardos)
Jim Logan Jim Logan ... Townspeople
Helena Clayton Helena Clayton ... Carmela
Frankie O'Brien Frankie O'Brien ... Townspeople


In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul Collier. Paul and a leader of the bikers, J.J., knew each other years before, so when the gang comes upon the couple and, led by the menacing Bunny, beats up Paul and begins to sexually assault Karen. J.J. tries to intervene: he suggests they hold cycle-riding contests, with the winner claiming Karen (he promises, sotto voce, to set her free if he wins). After the contests commence, Paul crawls away to look for help. He meets with a shrug from a cowardly Sheriff's Deputy; where can he turn? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They laid waste to the flesh and blood of America's daughters. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Filmed in 1967, but not released until 1970, after Jack Nicholson gained fame for his role in Easy Rider (1969). See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


Music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter
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It's a hard days work. Baby blues, biker trouble.
13 September 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

This late carefree, but crudely gruff low-cost b-grade biker exploitation (that was shelved for a couple of years before being released because of the fascinating performance of Nicholson in the 1969's biker flick 'Easy Rider') is nothing more than a minor curious piece for its well oiled cast, who would go onto better things. Namely Jack Nicholson and Harry Dean Stanton. Really they only have support parts. Stanton who engages with his little screen time (one of the rowdy bikers who are far from threatening with their clown-like appearances), looks totally out of place though. However there's something oddly captivating (strange in stupidly oddball and ditsy sense) about this feature, even though it's overly talky and demonstrates plenty of posing about to stall out the time. Watch as there's conflicting confrontations, trivial exchanges, more conflicting confrontations…. Again the usual conflicting confrontation rears its ugly head. Boy how exciting (well it would've been if there was some fiery interest inserted) and sometimes it just goes on for too long. Many of the dialogues are awkward, stiff (although a spirited Bruce Dern admirably tries his best to infuse life) with the padded nature only making the short running time meander even more. A sombre Cameron Mitchell could be mistaken for a wooden plank and Diane Ladd is there too look all worried. Nicholson (in some eye-boggling pants) laps it up as the low-brow, cruel biker, but his performance is pretty much on the fringe. An unhinged, funky-dory score hits its cues with force and there's a few striking scenic views. The story is quite sparse and scratchily old-hat. A couple is terrorised by bikers and the town's folk want nothing to do with it when the husband escapes looking for help. In the couple of action sequences, the scrappy direction is laughably staged when it does happen and it's the mugging filler that takes the spotlight. Maybe worth a geeze for the names, but the glaring problems are hard to digest.

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April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belalılar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chloride, Arizona, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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