The Wild Angels

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 2


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Bruce Dern as PopPop
Gayle Hunnicutt as Donna Lloyd
Kim Hamilton as Mrs. Johnson
Peter Fonda as Rodney
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715.01 MB
23.976 fps
93 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rosscinema 7 / 10 / 10

Corman really let's loose with no holes barred look at biker gang

This is arguably the quintessential exploitation film that doesn't rely on a mainstream story to fulfill the audiences and instead gives a sordid and narcissistic look at a wild gang of bikers. Story is about the leader of the Venice Hell's Angels named Heavenly Blues (Peter Fonda) who tells his biker pal Loser (Bruce Dern) that they might have found his stolen chopper in a nearby town called Mecca. They and the other members go there and confront the Mexican gang that are responsible and a big brawl erupts that brings the cops but everyone runs off except Loser who steals a cops motorcycle. During a chase on the highway Loser gets shot in the back and is caught by the police who put him in a hospital in critical condition. *****SPOILER ALERT***** The Hell's Angels read about Loser in the paper and Blues decides to get him out with the help of his girlfriend Mike (Nancy Sinatra) and after they sneak him out they take him back to his girl Gaysh (Diane Ladd). Everyone watches Loser bleed to death and since the police are looking for them they decide to have a funeral in a small town where they won't be found but at the funeral the Hell's Angels assault the preacher and start a wild drunken orgy. This was one of the last times that Roger Corman directed a film for a long time and it was because of the way that the distributor wanted to promote his film so after this he started his own company. This is so much more than an exploitation flick and Corman pulls no punches with this story as every character seems to lack any type of integrity. Fonda's character is the leader but he's such a brooder that most of the time he seems annoyed by everyone and that includes his girlfriend. The gang here is portrayed ruthlessly and during the funeral while Ladd is weeping over the body of Dern a few members grab her and rape her behind the coffin! Then when they're done they wave over some others so that they can have a chance. This gang has emblems such as iron crosses and swastikas adorned on them and they yell about just being left alone to do what they want and not be hassled by "The Man". Corman allows the film to end without any message as the characters are involved in another brawl and he doesn't want to showcase these bikers as lost youth or some such nonsense but instead chooses to make a film that will exploit them and also scare audiences. One of the interesting things about these films from the 1960's is to see what certain cities looked like back then such as Palm Springs and Venice with the canals before the condos were built. Other known actors have small roles such as Michael J. Pollard, Norman Alden, Frank Maxwell, and of course Dick Miller. In his own way Corman changed the way films were to be made and not just in an exploitation manner but with showing characters as anti-social and rebellious and omitting the usual message that they supposedly learn from. This probably sounds like a horrid film with nothing to say but I think it's fascinating to watch for the same reasons and in it's own disruptive way it captures a specific time in our country that was taking place.

Reviewed by helpless_dancer 7 / 10 / 10

'B' movie about thugs on cycles

I first saw this show in '66 when I was a cycle rider myself. I liked it so much that I went to see it twice. Even liked the music. After watching it again over 30 years later, I have to ask myself just what it was that I found so appealing about the film. It was corny, overacted, sometimes badly acted, and it had a juvenile storyline. I guess what I liked about it back then was all the motorcycles. Good to see that Peter Fonda has improved with age.

Reviewed by aimless-46 7 / 10 / 10

The First and Maybe the Best

"Wild Angels" was the first of the American International biker pictures, which were a drive-in staple of the late 60's and early 70's. Coming almost a generation after "The Wild Ones" these films were enjoyed by anyone who enjoyed a beer-assisted drive-in fantasy about being an outlaw biker for a few hours (they usually played as double features). It was a big game of lets pretend. And like "Wild In the Streets" much of the appeal was the fear and disgust these things elicited from parents; as they were the only ones who actually took any of the stuff seriously. Many a Peter Fonda poster from "Wild Angels" went up on bedroom walls as parents pondered where they had gone wrong. The gang in "Wild Angels" did not wear Hells Angels colors, they were "Angels-San Pedro" although some Hells Angels from the Long Beach chapter actually appeared in the film. AI's biker films had very colorful titles and often mentioned Hell or Angels in the title: "Devils Angels", "The Born Losers", "The Savage Seven", "The Mini-Skirt Mob", "Angels from Hell", "Hells Angels 69", "Hells Belles", and "The Hard Ride". "Wild Angels" was ground-breaking stuff when it was released and featured more Nazi stuff than the later films because once the surfers adopted the Iron Cross it was no longer cool. It broke the outrage meter with its finale as the funeral for The Loser (Bruce Dern) turned into a gang-bang of his widow (Diane Ladd), the destruction of the chapel, the assault of the minister, the abuse of the corpse, and a rumble with the outraged townspeople. And throw in some drug use. Roger Corman's direction is his most active ever, and the editing by Monte Hellman keeps the pace moving along. You don't notice until it is over that very little actually happened. Fonda is super cool and Nancy Sinatra is unintentionally hilarious. Michael J. Pollard and Gayle Hunnicutt are instantly recognizable in supporting roles. Mike Curb's score is high-lighted by Davie Allan and the Arrows' hit "Blues' Theme." Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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