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Hell's Angels '69

3.4 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sonny Barger, Oakland Hell's Angels
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Media
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009GWJDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this classic exploitation film from 1969, two brothers cook up what they believe is a great plan to go undercover as Hell's Angels bikers to provide a cover for their planned robbery of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. After the robbery, the two escape and change into nice clothing, believing their new appearance will throw off the police. What they didn't count on is the Hell's Angels don't like to be played for fools. Notably, this film stars Ralph "Sonny" Barger and the original Oakland, California Hells Angels gang

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I saw Hells Angels 69 when it came out. I was 13 and it was the first biker movie I ever saw.I have seen many since that time and there is no doubt in my mind that this is the best one made.This is a true biker flick, not some stupid poser garbage like Easy Rider. Easy Rider is just the lame story of two punks .They aren't bikers, just hippies on two wheels. Sonny Barger,former President of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels who was in HA 69, described Peter Fonda best when he said Fonda was a graduate of Chicken Sh_t High School.Although the acting is not great you get a feeling for how the Club actually was in those days.As a side note, Terry the Tramp and Magoo, two members of the Oakland chapter that are featured in the film, died shortly after the film was made.The Hells Angel lifestyle demands a lot and these two paid the price.The bikes and the locations make the film all the more real. The club house shown at the start of the film was the actual one for the Daly City chapter.This is the real thing.The other film in this set is so bad that it isn't worth the effort to watch it.
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Believe it or not, Hell's Angels 69, released at the tail end of the `biker' genre, was not the first film to feature the Angels (that credit goes to the 1967 film Hells Angels on Wheels), but, it was the first film where the boys actually got speaking parts. Co-written by Jeremy Slade (who also co-stars) and Tom Stern (who also co-stars and produced the movie), with the screenplay by Don Tait (Chrome and Hot Leather, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Herbie Goes Bananas), and directed by Lee Madden (Angel Unchained, The Manhandlers), the movie features Conny Van Dyke (W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings), who, along with appearing on numerous television game shows throughout the 70s was also Motown's first, white recording artist, G.D. Spradlin (The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, Ed Wood), along with a slew of real life Hell's Angels including Charles `Magoo' Tinsley, John `Terry the Tramp' Tracy, Tiny Walters, Clifford `Skip' Workman, and Ralph 'Sonny' Barger, also known as the Godfather of the Hells Angels and the most famous outlaw Biker in the world.

As the movie begins we're in Los Angeles, at a real swinging party, a happening shindig hosted by two seemingly well-to-do brothers Wes (Slate) and Chuck (Stern), in a groovy apartment complete with wall to wall pink shag carpeting...zowie! The boys talk briefly about some plan, and then cut out early arriving at a posh house in the hills. The next morning we see the two leaving, dressed as bikers, driving a pair of choppers (motorcycles). They ride out into the country and stake out the Hell's Angels (the Oakland chapter, to be specific), eventually weaseling their way into hanging out with the club.
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Pretty good trash that is well embellished by Billy Bob Briggs comments. I'm just listing this 'cause Amazon hasn't ... at least yet.

3-Disc Set

Disc 1: HELL'S ANGELS '69

Keep Case

Full Frame - 1.33

Additional Release Material:

Audio Commentary - Joe Bob Briggs -

Actor/Author

Trailers - Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: RUN ANGEL, RUN

Full Frame - 1.33

Audio:

Mono - English

Additional Release Material:

Audio Commentary - Joe Bob Briggs -

Actor/Author

Introduction - Joe Bob Briggs -

Actor/Author

Trailers - Original Theatrical Trailer

2. Guilty Pleasures Trailers

Disc 3: HELL'S BLOODY DEVILS

Widescreen - 16:9

Audio:

(unspecified) - English

Additional Release Material:

Audio Commentary - Samuel M. Sherman -

Producer

Trailers - Original Theatrical Trailer

Text/Photo Galleries:

Stills/Photos
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Most people with common sense know they're not watching this for groundbreaking cinema before they watch it. But anyone with a remote interest in bikes or the counter-culture will find this an enjoyable movie. It does not build character depth for every member of the Angels because its not a movie based on an AA meeting, but does focus on two protagonists, two antagonists (Sonny Barger and Terry the Tramp), and the damsel in distress. It has a plot that builds and keeps suspense, along with giving a peep-show into what the Angels scene was back in '69 (keep in mind they used the original Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels to portray themselves in this film and i doubt they spent too much time in rehearsal and in the make-up chair). The ending is esoteric in nature as was every other movie in this genre in this era (i.e Easy Rider, Vanishing Point, Two-Lane Blacktop), but it does not end with a tickle-fight. So if you're remotely interested in the genre or a mototrcycle enthusiast, this movie will not dissapoint.
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This rather lame tale of two thrill seeking rich boys out to prove they can rob a Las Vegas Casino, and use Hells Angels to do it, would barely merit mention were it not for the fact that the real Oakland Angels are stars in the film.

Sonny Barger, President, Terry the Tramp, Magoo and Cisco, all of the Oakland chapter, and familiar to anyone who has read any of the books about the history of the Angels, are featured heavily here with dialogue and close ups and everything. Terry being the stand out.

The motorcycles range from rather stock late sixties Harleys to a custom built chopper reportedly built by Sonny specially for the film. But these bikes are only featured in the first two thirds of the picture- the final chase scene through the desert has almost the entire cast riding dirt bikes.

Overall an interesting if not great film, just to see the famous Angels, the basis for so many of the genres offerings, in the flesh so to speak.
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