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The Losers (1968)

William Smith , Bernie Hamilton , Jack Starrett  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Smith, Bernie Hamilton, Adam Roarke, Houston Savage, Eugene Cornelius
  • Directors: Jack Starrett
  • Writers: Alan Caillou
  • Producers: Joe Solomon, Vicente Nayve
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BT96TQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Losers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by actors William Smith and Paul Koslo
  • Still gallery
  • Radio spots
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

It was a mission no one in their right mind would take: rescue a captured CIA operative from a highly-fortified Red Chinese compound in Cambodia at the height of the Vietnam War. Enter The Devil's Advocates-- a red-knuckled, freewheeling, hellraising biker gang comprised largely of war veterans. Led by Link Thomas (screen legend William Smith) and loosely supervised by U.S. Army Capt. Jackson (the inimitable Bernie Hamilton), the curiously good-hearted gang drink and laugh and love and fight their way through the scenic countryside before retrofitting a slew of Yamaha motorcycles into armor-plated machines of death and destruction. And that's when the real fun begins... but at a high price!

Directed by cinema maverick Jack Starrett (Race with the Devil, Cleopatra Jones) and written by Alan Caillou (Kingdom of the Spiders, Evel Knievel), this wild cross-genre exploitation picture has been beautifully remastered in high definition from the original 35mm negatives."


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you frequented the drive-ins in the late 1960s/early 1970s, you may not recognize the name Joe Solomon, but you're probably familiar with some of the films he released through his independent company called Fanfare Film Production, Inc., most notably his extremely popular motorcycle pictures like Hells Angels on Wheels (1967), Angels from Hell (1968), Run, Angel, Run (1969), and this one, titled The Losers (1970) aka Nam's Angels, not to be confused with the 1988 film Nam Angels, which was essentially the same story, but with lesser production values and none of the star power, directed by Cirio H. Santiago. This film, written by Alan Caillou (Village of the Giants, Kingdom of the Spiders) and directed by Jack Starrett (Run, Angel, Run, Cleopatra Jones, Race with the Devil), features legendary B movie actor William Smith (Run, Angel, Run, Any Which Way You Can, Conan the Barbarian). Also appearing is Bernie Hamilton (Hammer), Adam Roarke (Psych-Out, Frogs), Houston Savage, Eugene Cornelius (Run, Angel, Run), Vic Diaz (Black Mama, White Mama, The Big Bird Cage), and Paul Koslo (Vanishing Point, The Omega Man), sporting one of the more ridiculous perms I've seen in awhile.

Smith plays Lincoln `Link' Thomas, leader of a small motorcycle gang known as the Devils Advocates, who have been hired by the American army to ride into Cambodia to rescue a captured CIA operative named Chet Davis (played by the director himself), something the army couldn't do because officially, there was no war in the region. Link's crew is made up of some real characters, including Speed (Cornelius), Limpy (Koslo), and two, recent veterans of Vietnam conflict named Duke (Roarke) and Dirty Denny (Savage).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music & Action Scenes January 2, 2006
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I have been waiting for this movie to come out since DVD's were invented.This was the first war movie to come out during the Viet Nam era even though this takes place in Cambodia.The beginning action scene is awesome and gripping.I first saw this movie in a drive in theater and the opening night had William Smith and one of the women ( Kim Sue ) there to sign autographs.For the year 1970 this was a pretty good movie.Whether you call this a biker movie or war movie it was a pretty daring move by the director to make this movie while the USA was in the heat of the Viet Nam war..On my original VHS copy it has Joe Soleman as director and later VHS versions called Nam's Angels had a different director. I'll stick with the original.Great slow motion scenes..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Losers" is Great Drive-In Trash From 1970 June 27, 2008
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"The Losers" is an exciting melding of Hell's Angels/Vietnam War/Hippie
Rebel genres. As such, it is a quickly-made, Philippines-shot, outrageous
hunk of violent exploitation. But the well-written script allows for
interesting character-development, and criticism not only of the Vietnam
War but of U.S. Government Establishment figures, shown here as a weasely
C.I.A. super-agent.

The young film viewers of 1970 could decide which "Loser" they liked
best: the brawny but sensitive Cowboy, the romantic NYC Romeo, the
Tie-Dyed Hippie-Stoner Kid, the "ZZ Top" Southern Bubba, or the paunchy,
balding, racist, but brave Pigpen. (Not their actual movie-names).
The Losers knew their daring raid into neutral Cambodia would never earn
them respect in the U.S.A., but they do it anyway. Then why-- for
patriotism, for excitement, for a chance to kill alot of Red soldiers?
Anyway, this is one Red compound where prisoners are given a choice of
cigarettes or a bag of weed to help while away the evening.

"The Losers" has enough shootings, stabbings, explosions, and wild
Yamaha scrambling through the jungle and grass shacks to satisfy the
most jaded action fan. Remember it was "The Losers" that Bruce Willis
was watching in a motel room in "Pulp Fiction," so it's an icon to Mr.
Tarantino. But you are repeatedly shown innocent civilians being killed,
so it is not entirely escapist entertainment. And of course, when the
gang is called "The Losers," it does not predict a bright outcome for them.

Most praiseworthy is the fabulous photography of the Philippines,
and Bernie Hamilton as the guilt-suffering Capt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William Smith fans should buy this DVD December 2, 2009
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this movie is great - well made and action packed - william smith fans will love it - i saw this when i was a kid on tv and remembered it ever since - even acted it out in my backyard on my bike with my friends and our plastic toy machine guns - dark sky films is a great company - they release great genre movies from the 1960s and 1970s - if you are remotely interested in the types of movies they(dark sky) sell, i highly recommend their dvds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Losers April 12, 2009
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The Losers is a 70's based b-movie. Old school biker action not soo much.
More like Old School Bikers on Yamaha's in Nam. Kind of a different twist. Called back to help the soldiers in combat. Loads of action, stunts, politics. Bad bikers gone good? Holds your interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Made in 1970, that the key for me January 25, 2008
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The quality of the acting is two stars, the plot well is cycles, bullets, bodies and the CIA. Yep that covers the plot. Look this is an example of cheap low buget fim making of the late sixties and early sevenites. This was cranked out for teenage boys to go to see at drive ins or the cheap theatres in their town to see. Roger Corman started these types of movies and spawned hundreds of copy cat movies. Th only reason to see this is to relive a time of American history or to see what GRIND HOUSE was paying tribute to. These were trash then and now they are kind of funny to watch.
However for me this movie means more. I can tell you exactly where and when I saw this movie and even the seat where I sat. I saw this one in Amarillo, Tx. at the State Theatre. I was in the balcony on the left side on the front row. I went to see this movie becasue the theatre was having a Sneal Preview with it. So for the price one, you got to see two moives and in 1970 that was a big deal. I remember thae audience hoop and hollored through LOSERS. The sneak came up and on the screen was the picture of some Army helicopters flying through some green hills. I though okay another war movie. Then four initals came up on the screen-M.A.S.H and the rest was history. You never a forget your first time to see a classic movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Loose this one
Calling this cheesy is an insult to cheesy movies. I can't take a movie seriously that belongs on MST3K. I think it was filmed using one palmcorder.
Published 1 month ago by stephensag
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The story is not easy to believe and is basically a c-class movie.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Kiehm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Old school biker movies gotta love them
Published 2 months ago by Biker Born
1.0 out of 5 stars It may deserve more than 1 star, but we ...
It may deserve more than 1 star, but we were expecting a story line and it was almost a documentary.
Published 2 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good film
Published 3 months ago by seafarer22
5.0 out of 5 stars what can i say my brother and i are in this movie
so for me it is terrific....... and for a throwaway movie it is okay for a viewing or 2 and to share with friends.
the movie is dated to be sure but what the heck
Published 3 months ago by bob zenger
2.0 out of 5 stars Lousy Story Line
This is one of the worse movies I have seen recently. I am upset with myself for actually watching it to the end!
Published 5 months ago by Wendell P. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old school movie
Took me a couple night to complete, cool old school movie. Don't know why people complain it's not SOA, it old school stuff.
Published 5 months ago by Just a review
1.0 out of 5 stars CHEESY
I know it is an older movie but it was cheesy. That acting was really bad. The military helmets did not look like real US helmets.
Published 7 months ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars The Loser was me for watching this movie
Don't waste your time on this one. Outside of some fair scenery there was nothing worth looking at, unless you want to punish yourself.
Published 7 months ago by Tom RM
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