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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 »

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Cast

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 Neil Burstyn ... Rebel
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Rebel
Earl Finn Earl Finn ... Rebel
Philip Carey Philip Carey ... Rebel
Robert Dix ... Miguel
Sid Lawrence Sid Lawrence ... Townspeople
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Townspeople
Jim Logan Jim Logan ... Townspeople
Helena Clayton Helena Clayton ... Carmela
Frankie O'Brien Frankie O'Brien ... Townspeople
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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 »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belalilar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chloride, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd appeared in this film opposite Harry Dean Stanton. Their daughter, Laura Dern, appeared with Ladd and Stanton in Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006). Dern and Stanton appeared on Twin Peaks (2017). All three were directed by David Lynch. See more »

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

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"I think that's what it' all about"
19 July 2004 | by drippy1See all my reviews

"I think that's what it's all about" - Jack Nicholson pretty much sums up this movie, "Rebel Rousers".

Brilliant, moving, and real are other words I can use to describe this definitely dated documentation of the times. Cameron Mitchell.... Paul Collier: a biker with a biker attitude. Bruce Dern.... J.J. Weston: A stereotypical Architect businessman whose character embodies the prevailing male, city dweller of his time.. strong and weak at the same time. Diane Ladd.... Karen: A confused 60's girl in a big wild world. Jack Nicholson.... Bunny: The Rebel Rouser whose independent stand takes him all the way to the end. Harry Dean Stanton.... Randolph: Strange man in a strange place.

Halverson Neil Burstyn.... Rebel: Has to lve with himself. Lou Procopio.... Rebel: Others have to live with him. Earl Finn.... Rebel: There's one of these guys in every crowd. Unfortunately. Philip Carey.... Rebel: Just along for the party. Robert Dix.... Miguel: A brave and just lawman. Sid Lawrence.... Townspeople: 60's fer sure. John 'Bud' Cardos.... Townspeople: 60's Western US male. Jim Logan.... Townspeople: Struggling to survive the 60's Helena Clayton.... Townspeople: Surviving the 60's Frankie O'Brien.... Townspeople: Simple life of the 60's hero.

"Rebel Rousers" is a faithful rendition of the crazy party life of a small California gang of bikers. None of them knew what they were doing... just doing it... right or wrong. They each had different ideas of what a rebel was. Much the way real life is. Triumph for some... failure for others. Some fought to live some fought to die. A reminder not to "live to win", but rather "win to live". Beautiful West Coast scenery. Magnificent acting that captures the essence of a day as a "Rebel Rouser".


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