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The Wild Angels (1966)

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The "Angles", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

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Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of the Angels, a motorcycle gang from San Pedro, California; Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ends up in the hospital. When the Angels bust him out, he dies, and they bury him. Nancy Sinatra plays Mike, Blues' "old lady" and Diane Ladd plays Loser's wife (Dern's real-life wife at the time). The plot is basically a buildup to the last half-hour of the film in which Loser's funeral becomes another wild party. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rated R for drug-related material | See all certifications »
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20 July 1966 (USA)  »

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All the Fallen Angels  »

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$360,000 (estimated)

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$6,500,000 (USA)
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The film was initially refused a UK cinema certificate in 1966 and eventually passed with cuts in 1972. Later video and DVD releases were fully uncut. See more »

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During the funeral procession, one of the bikers glances into the camera. See more »

Quotes

Mike: [cops are coming] Let's get out of here, Blues!
Heavenly Blues: There's nowhere to go.
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A Roger Corman Masterpiece
31 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roger Corman shocked Hollywood and the world with his controversial telling of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Gang. But, in telling the story, Corman depicts the generation gap of the 1960s and the feeling of hopelessness by the youth of middle-America as the war in Viet-Nam raged in the background.

Peter Fonda equals his role in Easy Rider. He plays Heavenly Blues the leader of the Angels. He plays it cold and emotionless-a true leader void of feeling, but hungry for power. Nancy Sinatra gives her finest performance as his devoted girl-friend, still clinging to the old fashion idea of Love, yet willing to do "anything" to keep her man. It's in casting Fonda and Sinatra in the lead roles that Corman gives his movie the impact it richly deserves. They represented the youth of the 1960's rebelling against their parents concepts of love, life, and morality. The supporting cast includes fine performances by Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Micheal J. Pollard, and Gayle Hunnicutt.

Corman has created a political film which demonstrates that even "Freedom" has its price.And just what price someone is willing to pay, is up to them. An outstanding film. 10 out of 10.


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