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The bikie movies...
If you were a teenager
or in your twenties during the late sixties you would most likely
have seen one or more of the movies below. Even if you missed
out on the movies, you didn't miss out on their influence.
The clean cut every day
motorcycling fraternity was eclipsed by the long haired, greasy, load
mouthed drinking bikie... and he (they were often in packs) was not
easy to miss on Australia's quiet roads. The outlaw bikie hit
our headlines in spectacular police chases and bikie rumbles in
public places. Their antics were sought after by and created
considerable profit for the media.
My generation and the
ones following have been profoundly affected by the promotion of the
outlaw motorcycle and the individualist's chopper. "The Wild
One" began the image of the motorcycle riding youth on a
crusade against everyone in authority. "The Wild Angels"
introduced mindless destruction, drugs and free sex as part and
parcel of the bikie image.
"Easy Rider" was
significant for its portrayal of drug use. (Remember the early
sixties in Australia was still a time when Australian police didn't
carry a firearm and didn't need to and a copper could tell off a kid
and kick him in the backside and he would head off hoping dad didn't
find out). Easy Rider was also significant in the deep seated
longing it left in many of the 60's generation to get on their bike and ride
across country with no time table and no responsibility. Now
in our fifties they are suddenly experiencing that desire once
again... and feeling mighty depressed if that dream looks like it
might be unfulfilled.
Easy rider also
cemented in a generation's mind what kind of bike we should be
heading into the sunset on... the chopper... long forks, low seat
and shiny chrome and around the world young blokes went to work and then
went cruising... and a whole new biking style and motorcycle industry
was created and bloomed...
Easy Rider footage...
Click on these links for some Easy Rider footage on U Tube.
Some of these pieces may contain some brief nudity...
'Stone' was a
significant Australian movie and portrayed the aussie bikie scene
quite accurately. It has quite a cult following due to its
daring (very daring for the early seventies) visuals. Over 400
riders showed up for the funeral cortege and as extras in some of
the other scenes and if you go to the right places, you will hear some
first hand accounts of the making of the movie.
For choppers, during
the 80's and 90's, things went pretty quiet in Australia and most
other countries. However during the last five to ten years,
the growing availability of Harleys and the advent of the
'cruiser' has made 'big bike' motorcycling in Australia more
acceptable. High petrol prices and the laws allowing scooter
riding on a car licence are also working in our favour..
In this new century, the media has once
more brought the chopper into public consciousness. And it has
once again stirred those longings of 'freedom' and the open road in
the 60's generation...
Wondering what movie it
was that you watched...? Wondering if they are still
around...? Like to revisit...? Or are you wondering what
us 'old cats' got excited about...
Well, here are two
lists. (incomplete at present).. chopper movies... &...
bike movies or movies with some bikes or choppers in them... If
you know of a movie not listed... or have seen one of these recently and can
tell us a bit about the story line let us know and we'll put it in.
Born Losers (1967)...
far as B grade exploitation bikie film's go "The Born Losers" would
have to be one of my favourites.
Released in 1967, The Born Losers introduces audiences to one of
moviedom's first action hero franchises out side of 007.
Tom Laughlin is the "star" and director of the film, but used
the pseudonym T .C Frank.
The name stands for his children; Teresa, Christina and
Laughlin scraped up enough money to create a character that every
day people could relate too, rather than being fictitious like James
Bond. He used media
stories of the day as a basis for the script, which was written by
Elizabeth James, who also used a pseudonym... E james Lloyd.
James also "stars" in the film as the female lead holidaying college
student, Vicky Barrington.
She rides a Honda Dream wearing a white bikini and matching
white boot's… Oh yeah Baby!
Vicki is confronted by a group of menacing bikies called the
Losers, who want to make her their “mamma”.
Because the script was written by a woman , we see more depth in the
characters, rather than some stiff wooden performances.
Jeremy Slate, who you will recognize from other bikie movies, play's
the group's leader Danny, who wears those huge white wide framed
sunnie's. Jack Starrett,
once again plays the sheriff, as he does in all these films.
The supporting cast is good too, with even an appearance by 40's
star Jane Russell, playing one of the victims’ mothers,
As with many of these movies, Born Losers is set in a northern
California seaside town, and the bikies have terrorized the local
girls, the towns people are afraid and the police are powerless, as
the gang threatens the girls into not testifying except for Vicky,
who comes under the protection of a lone "half breed" Indian /
Vietnam veteran called Billy Jack ,who already has had several
confrontations with the "gang", to save the town and get the girl ,
and pickup a couple of choppers along the way .
Laughlin first wrote the script for the character of Billy Jack back
in the 50's , but no studio would touch it, due to its "overly
political" Indian themes (not the motorcycle) and had to wait
another decade before he could make The Born Losers.
It became a box office smash, producing enough money to go
and make the karate chopping, motorcycle-riding messenger of peace
Billy Jack, another smash at the box office.
The soundtrack to the Born Losers, was written by Mike Curb, who
also did the score for "The Wild Angels" in 1966 , and who had a
minor hit in 1970 with "burning bridges" , which you can hear on the
soundtrack of the film "Kelly's Heroes" starring Clint Eastwood.
Visually the film is typical 60's with great scene's of choppers.
I particularly like the club trike with its turn up handle
bar's and throttle on the left. Mmmmmmm! .
This movie is one of the best releases on this genre with a good
story and performances.
There are no special feature's on the DVD only the original
Running time is 113mins colour.
& Company (1970)...
for my taste, as "the 'Ben-Hur' of the motorcycle pictures," is
actually a work of such opportunism, such vulgarity and such
old-fashioned, romantic nuttiness that it's impossible not to be
charmed by it, at least much of the time, in other word's it's one
of the better "bikie" movies to have come out at the time , and no
bikie flick is complete without the protagonist (the bad guy)
William Smith , and yes he's still around.
Here, at last, is the picture to name when someone asks you to
recommend "a good bad movie." It's not very long; it pays attention
to every hallowed idiocy of its genre, and its characters talk a
marvellously unreal type of movie repartee Truck-driver: "You a
student?" She (cheerfully): "No. I'm a teen-age prostitute. Give you
any ideas?"). What's more, its images are crammed with
advertisements (for, among other things, Hamm's Beer, Kawasakis and
Kraft Cheese) that are its own kind of relevant symbology.
Even if that weren't enough (and it almost is), the movie stars Joe
Namath (American football star) and Ann-Margret, probably the only
two people in the United States who had no identity problems, at the
time as, respectively, a nice, clean-cut, long-haired member of "the
Heads", and a high-fashion writer for-if I remember
Although Joe belongs to a rogue bike gang, the sort that demands the
kind of fascist discipline so much of young America seems to find
appealing, you suspect he's still essentially a fresh,
high-spirited, decent kid from Beaver Falls when he saves
Ann-Margret from a gang-rape.
You are positive by the time he and Ann-Margret are enjoying a tryst
at "the fabulous Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas" (a direct quote from
the movie's credits) and she asks him if his friends wouldn't be
jealous if they could see how he was living. "Not how," he answers,
Any man who shows that much respect for the objective pronoun simply
has to love his mother.
The film is the first to be directed by
Seymour Robbie, whose earlier experience has been in television, and
produced by Allen Carr , who later made "Grease".
Compared to the gaudy theatrical films
of other TV-trained directors, "C.C. and Company" is simplicity
itself, even though the screenplay threads its way through all sorts
of obligatory things like cycle duels, dirt races, taking your
chopper over a MX course , and one love scene in which Joe and
Ann-Margret seem to be under the impression that they're in
"Hiroshima, Mon Amour."
"C.C. and Company" is actually Mr. Namath's second film (his first,
"Norwood," ), He has almost as many changes of wardrobe as his
co-star, an easy wit, and the unruffled manner of a guy who'll try
anything twice, which means that he's a perfect match for
Ann-Margret, who already has, in all sorts of pop movies.
The movie has some great riding scenes ,
mostly through the desert, and the choppers are classic period
I added the American Film rating in to
give you an idea how anal they where about bikie movies.
Currently available on DVD
The Cast... C. C. AND COMPANY, directed by Seymour Robbie; produced
by Allan Carr. Running time: 94 minutes. (The Motion Picture
Association of America's Production Code and Rating Administration
classifies this film: "R—restricted, persons under 17 require
accompanying parent or adult guardian.")
C. C. Ryder... Joe Namath, Ann McCalley... Ann-Margret, Moon...
William Smith, Pom Pom... Jennifer Billingsley, Eddie Ellis... Don
Chastain, Pig... Teda Bracci, Rabbit... Mike Battle, Crow... Sid
Angels, Hard as They Come (1971)...
consider it one of the better biker movies of the time for a number
It has a credible story line, it
features some interesting personalities and has some great choppers
and some cool chopper riding footage, plus some humour most notably
the stink bomb episode.
This was the first biker movie for the
producer and director who assiduously researched current literature
including Hunter Thomson’s book in an effort to understand the biker
Their genuine effort to portray the
relationship between the biker and his bike comes across in the
movie although much of the dialogue is somewhat stilted.
A drug deal being conducted by couple of
angels is foiled by the cops, so an alternative location in the
desert is arranged.
On the way they are invited by another
chopper club, The Dragons, to join them at a hippy commune they have
moved in with just up the road.
This provides plenty of opportunity for
the film makers to comment on the two lifestyles and show flesh and
Then a hippy girl is murdered and the three
Angels are accused and tried in a kangaroo court.
Their punishment is quite appropriate
and viewing fun if you are into alternative uses for choppers such
as replacing the horse for dragging around the good guys and using
them as polo pucks.
Well one guy escapes and is rescued (some more
commentary on opposing lifestyle attitudes) and goes for help.
Meantime, the hippies, upset by the
violence, help the other two Angels escape and some more blood is
The actors do all their own riding except for
the hairiest of the stunts .
A number of the actors were involved in
quite lasting movie careers including Scott Glenn (our hero, Long
John), Charles Dierkop (The General), Gary Busey (Luke leader of the
hippies) and Gary Littlejohn.
One especially interesting aspect of this
movie is that the bikes (17) were built and maintained by Gary
Littlejohn, a respected chopper builder at this time.
We specifically owe him for the
invention of the ‘coffin tank’.
He also acted (The Axe) in the movie as
well as coordinating the motorcycle scenes and stunts.
He is involved in the stunts of more
than 30 movies (up to 2004) including Easy Rider, Devils Angels,
Wild Angels and Hells Angels on Wheels.
He acted in over 20 movies (till 2000)
including CC and Company, Bury Me an Angel, Angels Die Hard and
Hells Angels on Wheels.
Charles DierKop was a noted character actor appearing in many movies
including The Sting and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
Gary Busy, was very young in this movie which
was his feature film debut.
He went on to become a well know actor
and motor cycle enthusiast.
He played the lead role in The Chrome
Soldiers, a 1992 bike movie.
If you want to see some genuine classic choppers, this movie is
worth a look.
The Hard Ride (1971)...
"The Hard Ride" marked the beginning of the end for legendary B
studio American International’s involvement with the biker film.
The studio had kick started the minor craze with The Wild
Angels in 1966. After
this, they went on to release two other minor efforts in "Chrome &
Hot Leather" and "The Dirt Gang" in 1971, but their lack of interest
in the genre meant that they just weren’t rolling the cash in
The Hard Ride starred TV actor Robert Fuller (Laramie, The Wagon
Train) and Sherry Bain, who would also feature in two other cycle
films that year; "The Wild Riders" and the obscure "Ride The Hot
Fulfilling a promise to his dying black buddy in Vietnam to look
after ‘Baby’ and make sure his biker friends attend his funeral,
Fuller accompanies his coffin home to find out that ‘baby’ is in
fact a seriously extended Knucklehead smoke stacked chopper!
Helped by his buddy's friends girl he tracks down the gang to
find they really only tolerated him because of the bike, which
everyone wants to get hold of.
Quite radical for the genre the film has a not overly handed message
of racial harmony as well as the usual brawling and chop riding.
Designed and built by Frank Charolla of Downey Custom Cycles in
California, 'Baby' is the true star of the show.
She is surely one of the most incredible bikes ever to grace
the silver screen, pictures can’t do it justice as it truly roars.
Baby shines in the many scenes against the picture perfect
California mountain backdrop.
One of the better movies...
Although like most other efforts of the era, the film is badly
dated, it still holds up really well largely in part to the riding
scenes. The opening
scene alone features the bike gang riding in formation across a
desert to a great version of Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Righteous
Brother Bill Haley. The
soundtrack which was released at the time is something of a
collectors item for that piece alone, but also features some
wonderful Davie Allen fuzz guitar work by the aptly named Harley
Hatcher (which turned up recently as part of the score for Hell
This was director Burt Topper’s only bike film (though he did
produce "The Devil’s Angels"), which is a shame as he certainly knew
how to film the choppers right.
The film also features biker regular William Bonner (with 8
other bike films to his credit) as the lead heavy and in an
hilarious cameo, Mr Sheen himself (and real life biker) Robert
Fuller does all his own cycle riding.
At the time said that going from westerns to the Hard Ride
“was just a case of switching saddles”).
He is largely excellent in the lead role, but it's funny to
note that every time he's on the road with ‘Baby’ there's no other
Only ever given a VHS release in the 80s on the now defunct Orion
label, this film is crying out for a proper DVD release.
Though no classic of film making, its knuckleheads are above
the usual bike trash and a must see for fans nostalgic for way cool
Still out there?...
One thing I’ve always wondered about these old chopper films is what
became of the bikes. I
know the Easy Rider bikes were stolen, never to be seen again, even
before the movie was even released, but you have to wonder that
‘Baby’ just might be still out there somewhere, waiting to be
rediscovered like the film she starred in.
Cosy Cool (1977)...
one of Australian cinema’s greatest successes
at making a non-conformist film... STONE... it broke new ground and
captured the imagination of the entire country.
So with that in mind another young Aussie film maker, Gary Young,
decided to make his own bikie movie .
Released in 1977, Cozy Cool was directed by Gary Young and written
by T.C. Fields and Alan Bond (yes THAT Alan Bond).
The colour quality is very definitely 70's colour!
What is most noticeable about this movie is there is absolutely NO
script or continuity.
In fact, there is very little of anything, except that two mates
scam a car show and are chased by some more dodgy characters who are
out to get them, although we
the audience are never told why.
The opening scene is a direct knock off of Jack Nicholson’s
character from Hells Angels on Wheels in 1967. The ending has
redneck's with a shotgun on the back of a pick-up truck.
With no script, the dialogue is adlib , and it shows.
The scenes are made up as the lads travel about the yet to be
developed western suburbs.
And the Satanist scenes? What was that all about?
Just nonsense at best...
You'll find mistakes all thru this film…one scene going from
daylight to dark , then light again , then dark again ... At another
point they take their bikes onto an MX track , and trash them, and
then suddenly they’re back on the road to nowhere.
There are some good riding shots.
About the only decent scene in the film is when the film's
namesake Cozy Cool played by the Director, pop's a wheelie on his
Triumph and almost comes a gutser , but manages to save it,
side-saddle style and with the throttle still open.
The two bike's are standard choppers from the time, both swingarms
and with bolt on 70's goodie's.
The "goat" bar's on the Sportster were all the rage at the
The worst aspect of this movie, is the way they have marketed it.
Claiming that this film was directly responsible
for the Milperra Massacre (that’s what they say on the back
sleave of the DVD) is an outrageous porky. The club in the movie was
just one of the clubs involved in the later incident.
They were paid $50 and a couple of slab's to appear.
Other than that the movie... well... it sucks. The gringe factor is
right off the Richter, and I have seen some gringer's!!!!
Regardless of how bad it is, one still must have a copy of the
"other" Aussie bikie film, as it has a cult following amongst the B
grade movie enthusiasts.
Running time 80min and this DVD has NO extra feature's, only a
commentary from Actor / Director Gary Young.
is not strictly a ‘biker movie’, because its focus is on a young
fellow’s positive attitude in an adverse situation.
However, his mother is a biker chick and
his ‘family’ are their biker friends, so the movie is very much
about the biker scene in the 80’s.
Rocky is a sixteen year old with face made
grotesque by ‘lionitis’ a rare disease that Doctors say will kill
him within 3 to 6 months.
His mother, Rusty, a pretty wild drug
taking ‘modern’ woman has never let him feel sorry for himself and
has fought against the medical profession’s gloomy forecasts since
he was diagnosed as a baby, so he has a very positive attitude which
affects everyone with whom he comes in contact.
‘Mask’ which was made in 1985, is inspired by
the real life story of Rocky Dennis and his mother Rusty.
Considerable dramatic licence has been
taken in the making of the movie, but the basic facts are there.
Rocky is played by Eric Stoltz, his first major
Cher plays Rusty and does a beautiful
and entertaining job of it.
Sam Elliott is Rusty’s current boy
Laura Dern whose father Bruce Dern
played the lead in a number of 70’s Biker movies also has a part.
Cher received the 1985 Cannes Film
Festival award for Best Actress and the movie won the Academy award
for Best Makeup.
In fact the makeup was so good that Eric
Stoltz had to wear a name tag at parties as none of his fellow
actors recognised him!
Rusty and his mum’s life is bikes, so there is
plenty of bike action and some neat bike riding scenes in the movie.
The bikes are customised and mildly
If you keep your eyes open, you will see
a copy of the Fonda bike as well as a couple of other very wild
extended fork choppers in the back ground.
If you are a male wanting to watch an
eighties biker movie, Mask will not disappoint you.
At the same time your women will enjoy it just
as much for the human drama and the positive example of a single
woman determined despite her flaws to get the best of life for her
As the boyfriend ‘Gar’, counsels the
boy, “ Your mum might not do every thing right, but she does it for
the right reasons”.
Viewers will enjoy the humour and fun that continually comes through
especially Rusty’s quick temper and habit of calling a spade a
The version I have watched (three times so far
in the last two weeks) is the Director’s Cut, which has a number of
scenes (including burying the bike with its deceased rider) which
were left out of the original.
The music of Bruce Springsteen who was
the real Rocky’s favourite was not used in the original due to a
copyright dispute but features in the Director’s Cut version.
In fact, the director,
originally took the studio to court over this change.
Rocky’s mother died in 2006 as a result of
complications from injuries received when she crashed the motorcycle
trike she was riding.
She was aged 70!
Now there’s a biker for you.
Buy this movie... (You’ll find very reasonably
priced copies on the net).
I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Cast & comments...
... Story line ok.
Angel leaves the gang and joins a hippy commune. Local
rednecks harass hippies and Angel calls in his buddies.
Mayhem results. Some brief shots of some nice choppers and
some good solo riding sequences...
Angels Hard as they come...
Scott Glenn, Charles Dierkop,
Gary Littlejohn, Gary Busey... Story line ok.
A couple of angels join another
gang controlling a commune. Fights and bloodshed.
Some nice classic choppers and good initial riding sequences
including stink bombs in a patrol car. Interesting sissy
bar on the hero's bike...
Law...(also "Fixing the
Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino...
Good story line. Mainly modern custom Harleys. Cop
goes under cover to catch drug running biker club. Has to "be a
biker" first so builds his bike... watch the old rigid frame and
sprung seat transform into a modern Harley soft tail!
CC & Company...
Margaret, William Smith & Joe Namath... Minimal
violence, reasonable story line and some good classic choppers
on the road.
Chrome & Hot Leather...
William Smith... Soldiers on trail bikes defeat chopper riding gang, (boo hoo)
Fonda, Dennis Hopper & Jack Nicholson...
Great chopper riding scenes on the open road.
Elizabeth James, Jeremy
story line, Some good shots showing the fun of riding classic
Hells Angels on Wheels...
Lots of chopper riding and horsing around on the bikes.
These blokes (Oakland chapter of Hells Angels) could really handle their bikes.
Hells Angels 69...
... One of the better 70's chopper story lines.
Two wealthy guys plan the ultimate rush... using Hells Angels as
a decoy to rob a casino. Some genuine Hells Angels and
their choppers. Some road riding scenes... Classic biker
music with Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson...
Hells Angels Forever...
Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia & Real Hells Angels...
Documentary style. A lot of good classic choppers on the
Masters of Menace...
The Glory Stompers...
Dennis Hopper, Jody McRea...
The Hard Ride...
Robert Fuller, Sherry Bain... Story
line had great potential, but let down in the end. Good
shots of some very nice classic choppers on the road.
Great riding scenes with the principle chopper a very extended
Jack Nicholson, Cameron
Mitchell, Dianne Ladd & Harry Dean Stanton . The promo
line is "They laid waste to the flesh and blood of America's
Daughters. " Bikie gang invades a small desert town ( with a
beach nearby ) local sheriff and monk, yes, a monk, want them
gone. Bike races up and down a deserted beach.
Strangely, there is a long pier and town in the distance and
the scenery is verdant green not arid desert as it is supposed
to be. Jack Nicholson seems to have developed his lunatic grin
in this movie ( remember The Shining ). Straight guys get
beaten on , damsels get distressed, officials are ineffective.
Most of the main character bikes are 60s choppers with a mix
of Brit and US machinery. Lots of riding shots but the way
some were swaying in the breeze I don't think all were very
The Wild Angels...
Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra,
Bruce Dern, Dianne Ladd... Woeful
story line, but some good chopper riding shots. Choppers
mostly pre extended fork era, but some nice looking bikes ridden
by the San Berdoo chapter of Hells Angels.
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The Wild One...
Although he was the primary rebel, Marlon Brando actually rode a
Triumph not a Harley and it was his own personal bike...
Ever wonder how Hopper was able to wear his wide brimmed hat
while riding? Sequences were done at 30mph maximum to ensure the
scenery wasn't blurred. How comfortable were Fonda's high
bars? At the end of the first night's familiarisation ride, he
apparently had to get a friend to hold his beer to his mouth 'cos his
arms were so stiff! How well did Fonda's forks work?
Watch the whole front end bounce over a bump in one of
(Don't laugh... the Fonze in this series was an influential
character) We all know he rode a BSA! Or did he? In the first
episodes he's riding a black rigid knuckle with with pinstriped
mustang tank, chopper rear guard, narrow front wheel extra chrome
etc... an old school chop! But he wasn't allowed to wear a
leather jacket until a compromise was reached... he's only wear it
while on his bike. No doubt the knuckle was a bit too close to
outlaw stuff and had to be toned down!
Woodstock... Check out this
movie and watch for some footage with a chopper in it. About 15
minutes in there is a panaflex camera being carried amongst stop and
go traffic. They focus on a chopper with Z bars, long forks and
custom paint work. The rider is wearing a Nazi helmet. The camera
man follows the bike and rider for a while as they move slower than
walking pace in the traffic heading into Woodstock. Suddenly
the bike stops and the camera whacks into the riders helmet. The
metallic clang is clearly heard. The rider looks over his shoulder
and I think that if it was anyone other than the cameraman that hit
his helmet it would have got very interesting. This snippet set
in by George Hamilton...
Any Sunday (1971)...
some of us in our more mature year's it was the film that inspired
us to trade-up our trusty Malvern Star for a Honda QA50 and a long
love affair with motorbike's.
The year was 1971; Easyrider was two years on the drive-in circuit.
Holden released the HQ, petrol was around 20 cents a gallon ,
and the 1st Hungry Jacks opened in Perth and...
..."On Any Sunday" was the surprise hit movie the year.
Not so much a movie , but rather the quintessential documentary on
motorcycles (at the time).
From the opening scene, where neighbourhood kids are jumping
their dragstars over dirt piles on a vacant block to the closing
shot's of three of the top rider's Mert Lawwil, Dave Evans, and the
"king of kool" Steve McQueen having a "slide'n" time on the beach,
this film captures everything that was "good" about motorbikes.
Bruce Brown, the director, was a close friend of Steve McQueen, and
he, along with other mates including Bud Ekins , (the chap who
doubled for McQueen on the Triumph , in "The Great Escape" for the
leap over the barb wire scene) used to hang-out together when
McQueen was between working on movies.
Steve McQueen's passion for motorcycles is legendary, and one day
after an afternoon out dirt squirtin , they where sitting around
drinking beer when they came up with the idea to combine their love
of motorbike's and make a film about it.
So they decided to not make a feature film , but rather a film of
what they liked. They
used McQueen's own production company, (uncredited) and handed the
task of producing, writing, narration and direction to Bruce Brown.
The doco takes us across the tortuous mayhem of the Mexican 1000 off
road track down the Baja peninsula (there are some staged scenes),
up and eventually over the "widow maker" a hill climb race that
ain't for the faint hearted.
American flat track racing on XL Harleys, trials riding (both
American and European) , and of course moto-crossing, or
"scrambling" as we called it back then.
And it was all done on a Sunday.
Watching this special edition DVD with extra "tribute to Steve
McQueen" is a must see for any kids to see how dad used to "do in
The Special Edition DVD should be available at most stores or you
can get one online at
It is in colour.
Running time is 96 minutes.
Wild Hogs (2007)...
I first saw this movie, I thought how corny it was, but after
watching it again the other night, I thought that it could relate to
any of us.
I mean, we’re not getting any younger, but our love for motorcycles
will surpass any age barrier, and we go to any length and any excuse
to go for a ride.
Some scenes in the film reminded me of my times
on the road
Ah, fond memories.
Walter Becker (NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER)
directs this tale of four friends who hit the open road.
Woody (John Travolta), Doug (Tim Allen),
Bobby (Martin Lawrence), and Dudley (William H. Macy)...
are middle-aged suburbanite buddies
stuck in a rut.
Doug, a dentist, yearns for respect from
his pre-teen son and everyone else in his life.
Bobby is a henpecked husband and unhappy
Computer programmer Dudley is a flop
with the ladies, and Woody, who seems to have it all, has just lost
Each weekend the foursome takes to the streets
of Cincinnati on their motorcycles as the "Wild Hogs."
With his world secretly falling apart,
Woody hits on an idea: a "Wild Hogs" road trip to the Pacific Coast.
Soon, the four are embarking on the adventure
of their lives.
When they stumble upon a roadside dive
in New Mexico filled with "real" bikers and raise the ire of Jack
(Ray Liotta), who is the leader of the Del Fuegos, the Wild Hogs
discover that they are in for a greater adventure than they
expected, including a showdown in the sleepy New Mexico town of
Travolta, Allen, Lawrence, and Macy have fun
here, from the verbal barbs to the physical comedy.
Liotta works surprisingly well as a
"real" bikie who is disgusted and insulted by these weekend wanna
The perpetually effervescent Marisa
Tomei appears as a Madrid local who catches Dudley's eye, and John
C. McGinley is an overly enthusiastic highway patrolman repeatedly
encountered by the foursome.
Watch for an all too brief appearance from EASY
RIDER star Peter Fonda, and an amusing segment from Ty Pennington of
EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER.
Despite the star power in this film,
which was shot on location in New Mexico, it's the custom bikes and
open road that really shine...
Hogs II is in the wind though currently put on hold by Walt
Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)...
Marianne Faithful and Alain Delon
Based on the novel “La Motocyclette by Andre De
Mandiargue, Girl on a Motorcycle was filmed in France.
It was directed by British director Jack
Cardiff and released in 1968.
It’s American title was “Naked Under
Marianne Faithful was the girlfriend of Mick
Jagger (Rolling Stones) and considered a sex symbol at the time of
As such, a bit of flesh was given.
Pay attention as the glimpses are few
and far between.
I’ve never heard of Alain Delon before,
but I believe he was popular in France at the time.
Any student of cinema should watch this, as it
has just about every type of symbolism and visual effect used in the
Dream sequences, psychedelic flashbacks
and a swag of clichés thrown in for good measure.
The story… A girl marries a quiet and dull
school teacher after leaving her outgoing lover who, amongst other
things teaches her to ride a motorcycle.
As a wedding present the lover gives her
a Harley which the husband has no interest in.
She wakes up one morning and decides to go back
to her lover.
As a side note, she wears a fur lined
black leather jump suit, nothing else except boots and a strange
helmet. Remember the ol' flying boots?
Remember the whiff when you took them
Surely taking that jumpsuit off has got
to be off putting!
She heads off into the thick morning fog
to ride across Europe.
(This is no Charlie & Ewan story) Every
male she meets tries to hit on her, but she only has thoughts for
her long lost lover.
Lots of indistinct riding footage, flashbacks
and dream sequences fill the movie to the point of tedium.
She seems to really, really enjoy the
throb of her V twin and that creates more dream sequences.
The end is a copy of the end scene from
Easyrider except that instead of gun toting yokels there is one of
those really happy, big smile, lots of vibes moments followed by a
truck pulling out.
Then the helicopter pull back.
At least she died with a smile on her face.
I thought "Girl on a motorcycle" rather strange, but worth watching
once. If you own the same model Harley, maybe twice.
Cast & comments...
Gary Busey... Good story line,
no choppers just big Harleys, watch for the inserted wheel
Don't tell her it's me...
Quite a good story line. A
reasonable amount of riding footage of the hero's Soft talil
On any Sunday... (documentary)
Steve Mc Queen etc...
Documentary of off road motorcycle sports. Made a big
contribution to the popularity of motorcycling in USA.
No choppers, two Harleys!
Andrew Divoff, Tracey Sebastian...
(Australia) Brief glimpse of
one chopper. Mostly Kwaka 900's with fairings and flat
bars. Some quite good riding shots, good story line.
Norman Gunson is "The Mechanic".
Then Came Bronson...
Michael Parks, Bonnie Bedelia...
Parks is on a custom Sportster. Intelligent story line.
The Wild One...
Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin...
Classic pre chopper era, reasonable story line. Some interesting
shots of bikes doing donuts and racing in the streets.
Marvin rides a stripped panhead and Brando is on his own
Electraglide in Blue...
Awful story, very slow, miserable
ending and not much riding by the two police bikes.
Return of the rebels...
Barbara Eden, Don Murray,
Patrick Swayze... Very light weight fun, Old ex-bikers
remount and take on young van gang
bike or chopper sequences
Any which way but loose...
Clint Eastwood, Sondra
Very dumb classic chopper riders defeated at every turn by
Clint and the chimp, some chopper shots
Any which way you can...
Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke,
William Smith... Very dumb classic chopper riders
once again defeated at every turn by Clint and the chimp, some chopper shots
Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte
Nielsen... Very stupid bike group mown down by Sy
towards end of movie. Sy and girl ride captured Harley off
Harley Davidson & Marlborough
Mickey Rourke... great
introductory footage of Micky jamming his chopper across the
country, with a funny scene of his thrashing a couple of hoods
in a servo at his destination. Rest is just mayhem and no
The chopper magazines...
With the popularising
of choppers by Hollywood, chopper magazines began to appear.
Big Daddy Roth in the USA I believe was one of the first with his
magazine, 'Choppers'. It didn't take long for the
band wagon to be mounted by more magazines and colour and
gloss quickly increased . Magazines that followed 'Choppers' and hit the
Australian bookshelves included 'Big Bike', 'Street
Chopper' and 'Custom Chopper'.
Home building choppers
became so common place that it became profitable for the magazines
to bring out regular additional special issues devoted to chopping
how to's for particular marques or special issues on paintwork,
sissy bars, forks etc. Some of the advice was pretty dodgy to say
the least but we ate it up, they made good money and we built
some pretty cool head turning bikes.
Mainline bike magazines
even included choppers features and test rides. When 'Easy Riders'
magazine hit the book shelves in the early seventies, it departed
from just displaying choppers and how to chop, by focussing on and
heavily promoting the 'alternative' biker lifestyle... parties, booze, drugs
and unclad women... oh... and choppers. It obviously hit the
winning formula as it is the only magazine from this period to my
knowledge that has had an unbroken run and flourishes today.
'In the Wind ' started
as a couple of pages of riding shots sent in by readers in Easy
Rider magazine, but soon came into its own as a regular magazine.
To be continued...
including a couple of English magazines and a heap of photos
of magazine covers...
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