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Wild Guitar / The Choppers (1961)

Carolyn Brandt , Virginia Broderick  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carolyn Brandt, Virginia Broderick, Robert Crumb (II), Nancy Czar, Marie Denn
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6Z5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wild Guitar / The Choppers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Teens-Go-Wild theatrical trailers for The Beatniks, Married Too Young, Rat Fink, Teenage Zombies, Wild Love, and Wild Ones on Wheels
  • Twist-O-Mania Short Subject #1: Dance Craze
  • Twist-O-Mania Short Subject #2: Twist Craze
  • Anti-Choppers Police Science Short Subject #3: Hot Car
  • Gallery of Trash-O-Rama exploitation art with radio-spot rarities

Editorial Reviews

"Wild Guitar" (1962, 88 min.) - Hick hipster Bud Eagle arrives in L.A. just in time to stumble onto a TV talent show where he and his Wild Guitar become an immediate sensation. He's quickly signed by Mike McCauley, "the biggest manager in Hollywood," who promptly cheats, cons, and exploits the kid until Bud wises up and fights back. "The Choppers" (1961, 56 min.) - Five car-stripping psychos are The Choppers, teenage boys who reduce unattended autos to rubble and sell the parts to greedy salvage king Big Moose. But the cops are quickly closing in, especially after an insurance investigator discovers a significant clue to the gang's identity: a chicken feather.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A movie only a car guy could love. February 19, 2002
This is a movie for car guys. There are two bitchin' cars in this movie and you must be a car guy to appreciate them. The first is a very well built T-bucket (a T-bucket is a Ford Model T from the '20s which has been made into a hot rod) powered by a Buick nail head engine with 6 carburetors. The other car is a beautiful '59 Buick convertible. To most people these are just old or weird cars, but car guys would flip out when they see them. I know I did.
The movie itself is nothing special. It looks like it was shot in a week with a budget of $100.00. The plot of this movie is very simplistic. You have 5 teenagers, ages 16 to 18, who go around stripping cars and selling the parts to a low-life junk yard owner. The police set up a sting and catch them in the act. One of the kids has a gun and he kills a cop. The movie ends with an exchange of gunfire and two dead kids and two dead junk yard men. The rest of the kids are arrested and escorted to a jail.
To give you an idea how low the budget was for this movie the only car you see being stripped is an old Kaiser. They smash the windows, take the radio and battery and torch off the exhaust system. The car is pushed onto its side to better access the exhaust system. The next car they're to strip is the beautiful '59 Buick mentioned earlier in this review. Since the budget is so small they don't dare destroy this beautiful car. They show the bottom of the already stripped Kaiser tilted onto its side and we are supposed to believe it's the expensive Buick convertible. There are other things in this movie which make you break into laughter. For cover, the kids ride around in a live poultry truck. When they get to the next car to strip they unload some of the caged chickens to get their chop equipment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double feature, double review! August 3, 2007
Hey there, Patriarch here. On this disc we get not just one, but two Arch Hall Jr. movies. Don't pinch me because if I'm dreaming, I don't want to wake up! I'm pushing play now, so without further ado...

Lights, Action, Camera!.....!

(That extra exclamation was because this is a double feature.)

Alright, this is the opening to Wild Guitar and Archie, is riding his motorcycle around. Now the thing about Archie is...he is very strange looking. I'm not trying to put him down, he may be reading this(gimmie some fan-mail if you are Archie!) I don't know if he is ugly or not, I'm a dude after all, but he just looks...strange. Alright he's at Hollywood and vine and Roman's Chinese theatre or something. Awesome shot on location.

Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Now that's what I want to see when I'm starting a movie. Now this girl, she plays Archie's love interest, and she's weird looking too! She is pretty, don't get me wrong, just weird looking is all. So they are already a great couple.

Coffee and donut 15 cents. I just realized that your's truly's keyboard does not have a 'cents' sign. I will be sending back this lapped-top. The Review! What the heck am I thinking? Ok. We didn't miss much they were debating a gasoline tax or something. Alright, now like 15 people just said "Spearfish." One after another. This is strange. The girl is looking up at like five feet above her when she speaks to him. He's not a giant! Eegah is the movie that has the giant!

Now he's singing a song and Vicki, his new gal, is looking at him like a confused bird. And what do we have here? Ray Dennis Steckler, in his role as Steak. This movie has it all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Choppers: Tommy Ivo's T Bucket? July 10, 2002
Not sure. But that looks a lot like TV Tommy Ivo's Buick powered T bucket street rod that Arch Hall, Jr is zipping around in.
This story of young car thieves doesn't completely flop thanks to the film's somewhat business-like pace. There's a kind of sincerity of effort to 'The Choppers' that makes you stop laughing at the amateurish acting and dialog long enough to pay attention. The ex-Playmate of the Month in the role of the insurance guy's always hungry secretary provides another reason to pay attention.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD release of the month! February 26, 2002
Arch Hall, Jr. appeared in a handful of films in the early 1960s, mostly working for his father, and this DVD presents two of his best. "Best" being a relative term, of course. Arch couldn't act, couldn't sing, and had a face like a pudgy spider monkey, but MAN were his films memorable. He's a favorite around our house.
In THE CHOPPERS (Arch's film debut), Arch and his gang (including the grandson of Charles "Ming the Merciless" Middleton) vandalize autos and sing such classics as "Monkey in my Hatband" and "Koko Joe". In WILD GUITAR, Arch is Bud Eagle, rock & roll singer, in a rags to riches story. Songs include "Valerie" (not the one by the Monkees) and the unforgettable "Twist Fever", sung on the beach. Watch Arch skipping along the sand, trying to emulate Chuck Berry's duck walk; it's one of the great moments in bad screen history. Also look for the DVDs of EEGAH! and THE SADIST, and hopefully somebody'll give us NASTY RABBIT and DEADWOOD '76, Arch's other pictures, plus a CD of Arch's song stylings (I cobbled together my own from the movies' soundtracks). Mr. Hall, wherever you are, please know that your fans love you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost all bad, but a few saving graces.
A movie so bad it's good? Well, this one almost makes it. But let's try to
be a bit positive. Arch Hall Sr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Big Band Leader
3.0 out of 5 stars yeah, the title
or 2.5 stars, likes: film continuity-(length, action,situations), actors, scenery, music just ok, rare film. dislikes: film quality only a 'lil lame; movie kind of silly. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Lemoine
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip back to the early 60's
A quick look at what the mainstream tried to portray hot rodders as. I saw this at the drive in as a teenager, loved the cars, acting was so so, but the fun part was how Hollywood... Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by Franklin Mayer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Is Missing From The Choppers
Although The Choppers does look great, it's unbelievably missing nearly ten minutes of footage. The first cut scene brings up the stakeout plan and the last has Arch Hall Jr. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Robert Jimerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Boppers vs. Coppers in a So-Bad-It's-Good Whopper!
Daddy Arch Hall provided junior with the dead presidents for this DOA jd disaster. Showcasing sonny's nonexistent skills as an actor and singer/songwriter, this unintentional... Read more
Published on July 24, 2002 by Carolyn Paetow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic 60's Hot Rod Film!!
In this film a young hot rod enthusiast gets involved with a group of car theives that unfortunately leads him in trouble.It's a great early 60's hot rod classic!!
Published on May 9, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic 60's Hot Rod Film!!
In this film a young hot rod enthusiast gets involved with a group of car theives that unfortunately leads him in trouble.It's a great early 60's hot rod classic!!
Published on May 9, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic 60's Hot Rod Film!!
In this film a young hot rod enthusiast gets involved with a group of car theives that unfortunately leads him in trouble.It's a great early 60's hot rod classic!!
Published on May 9, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars More Top-Flight B-Movie Cheese
This is a great cheesy movie (very much along the lines of Hot Rod Girl). Lots of unintentional bad acting and dialogue. Arch Hall Jr. Read more
Published on March 4, 2002 by CG
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