Hells Angels on Wheels
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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).
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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.
Couple of points: the other review above says Sonny Barger is in the movie, but only for a couple of quick shots in the opening. The lead (playing Sonny/type) is WAY too sensitive a guy to be realistic (IMHO). The ending is comically abrupt and odd. Plus the factory version I bought was tapped in EP - THE WORST possible quality and horribly grainy - difficult to watch since the reproduction was so bad. It was still kinda fun as an era piece.