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Hells Angels on Wheels


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  • Actors: Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, Sabrina Scharf, Jana Taylor, Richard Anders
  • Directors: Richard Rush
  • Writers: R. Wright Campbell
  • Producers: Joe Solomon
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E69GN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hells Angels on Wheels" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When he loses his job, gas station attendant Poet (Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson) falls in with a rough band of Hells Angels who terrorize Northern California in a hellraising frenzy of parties and gang fights. Choppers, drugs, sex, murder and mayhem ensue as Poet and gang leader Buddy (Adam Roarke) head down a dark road to danger. From acclaimed cult director Richard Rush (The Stunt Man) with cinematography by the legendary László Kovács (Easy Rider, Paper Moon) and music by Stu Phillips (Battlestar Gallactica, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls).

Customer Reviews

Buy this movie classic !!
Valerie Gardner
I also didn't much care for the ending, either, which I found to be negative, unresolved and abrupt.
M. B. DaVega
The scene in the park where I bullfight the bikers with my P coat was totaly unscripted.
Dirtimus Artenhammer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Beamer on April 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I've seen this one three or four times on Speedvision. Kind of ruthless toward the women but conveys the style of the Hell's Angels. Too bad about Adam Roarke. He was a good guy, a pretty good actor, stunt man and.... well he died a little before his time. I could call myself a biker but my Kawasaki Z1R although quick doesn't quite fit the image of a Harley Davidson. Some how Jack Nicholson just doesn't fit in either. Sonny "Ralph" Barger sure does!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Please don't listen to the people making clueless comments about this film. It was theatrically released in the 1960s and was seen as a departure from the standard AIP biker fare. Directed by Richard Rush, years before "Stunt Man," and featuring members of the Hells Angels, this film featured Jack Nicholson as a potential member of the Angels. There's little "action" and the fluid camera movement have led it to be known as "Hells Angels On Quaaludes." Not as bad as the other reviews have made it out to be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CANUT REYES on April 26, 2004
Format: DVD
This is One of Those TRUE GUILTY PLEASURES !!! This even Seems Better then Corman's The Wild Angels Which came out Earlier, This movie shows more of the True Brotherhood of what its like to be in a Real Outlaw Biker Gang !!! There are Even real Hells Angel Alums in this film Like Sonny Barger and Adam Roarke...The Ending seems a little Hurried though, thats my only Gripe...Over all a Great Ride of a Film !!! :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2004
Format: DVD
If you are into vintage old school choppers, this film has them. Great shots of original, real-deal bikes, not RUB material from the Learning Channel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This was just the flick I was looking for. A "bare bones" biker movie (It didn't win an Oscar, like it really matters). Absolutely entertaining and down to earth, I loved it!! If you like "B-movies" get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
What's not to love? Real Hell's Angels. Nicholson as Poet, the Rebel without a Past. Roarke as Buddy, the king rat. Shill, one of the best bad-biker-babes of them all. And Lazlo setting up the shots, just like he'll do later in Easy Rider.
If you understand that, on the road, plot doesn't matter and friendships must end in fire, then this is your film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Kiehn on March 16, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hells Angels on Wheels is, by far, one of the best examples of a sixties biker movie.

Right from the opening credits where we see various California Angels getting on their bikes and heading off through the streets of San Francisco, to the big meeting up of Sonny Barger's Oakland crew and our own film gang, headed up by Adam Rourke.

Jack Nicholson, as Poet, is the movie's standout performance, and, by all accounts, Jack blended in with the real Angels on the set to the point of being mistaken for one.

The film does fall apart at the end, almost as if, after 90 minutes of action and continuity, the director just lost interest and wanted to wind it up as fast as possible.

The bikes in this one are heavily featured and there are many examples of mid sixties choppers lovingly photographed by the great Leslie (Laslo) Kovacs. You can see the seed of many Easy Rider (also photographed by Kovacs) shots in Kovacs work on this film.

This movie is probably the closest portrayal of the California Hells Angels ever made- even Sonny Barger doesn't completely hate it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Kinda dated, but it has some classic chops and non-stop action. Nicholson is cool as the disaffected hero, and Adam Roarke is, well, Adam Rourke, a greatly under-rated talent.
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