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Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | June 1967 (USA)
At first, gas station attendant Poet is happy when the Hell's Angels gang finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns just how brutal they are.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writer:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Roarke ... Buddy
Jack Nicholson ... Poet
Sabrina Scharf ... Shill
Jana Taylor Jana Taylor ... Abigale
Richard Anders ... Bull
John Garwood ... Jocko
Mireille Machu ... Pearl (as I.J. Jefferson)
James Oliver James Oliver ... Darrell 'Gypsy' Whitman
Jack Starrett ... Sgt. Bingham
Bruno VeSota ... Episcopal Priest (as Bruno Vesota)
Bob Kelljan Bob Kelljan ... Artist (as Robert Kelljan)
Kathryn Harrow ... Lori
John 'Bud' Cardos ... (as Bud Cardos)
Tex Hall Tex Hall
Gary Littlejohn Gary Littlejohn ... Moley
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Storyline

At first gas station attendant Poet is happy when the rockers gang "Hell's Angels" finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns how brutal they are - not even murder is a taboo to them. He gets himself in trouble when the leader's girlfriend falls in love with him - and he welcomes her approaches. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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For mature adults only See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hells Angels on Wheels See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fanfare Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was a common practice for American-International Pictures to premiere their releases at drive-ins months before any theatrical release was made. This is demonstrated by an advertisement for the State Line Drive-In in Hagerstown, MD, in the movie section on page 30 of the Hagerstown Morning Herald, Thursday, February 16, 1967, in which the following appears: STARTS TOMORROW- PREMIER SHOWING, 2 TERRIFYING HITS WILDER THAN 'THE WILD ANGELS'. Call them punks...them animals.. you better get out of their way! 'Hell's Angels on Wheels'! They're souped-up for thrills and there's no limit to what they'll do. Behind the HEADLINES! Cycle Maniacs and Reckless Women. See more »

Goofs

Glass bottle breaks before hitting the biker's head. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Poet: What the hell is the matter with you?
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Alternate Versions

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967 and only passed in 1977 after BBFC cuts to heavily edit the fight scenes. The 1988 video version featured a new opening montage of rape and violence scenes which were not in the original cinema print, and these scenes (totalling 11 minutes) were completely removed by the BBFC as well as shots of kidney punches during the hotel fight. The 2006 Cinema Club DVD restores the punches and was pre-edited by the distributors to remove the alternative opening scene. See more »

Connections

Featured in No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Study in Motion #1
Written by Chuck Sedacca and Stu Phillips
Sung by The Poor
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Probably Nicholson's worst movie
15 January 2003 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

Juxtapose Nicholson's biker boy with his character in "Easy Rider" and see how they'd play face to face. He of course has his sweet face and reasonable voice going for him even in this early film. And there are even a few great lines to bring you up short when you think of the 'freedom' enjoyed by biker gangs. "I don't your rules or your uniforms", he finally blurts out to the leader. Ah, so in its' own way, the bikers are as ruled by bullies as the corporate world. And their treatment of women calls for a psychoanalysis of it's own.

But I really wish I hadn't wasted my time or money on this movie. Cut and edited terribly.


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