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The Rebel Rousers (1970)

R | | Crime, Drama | April 1970 (USA)
In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin B. Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Paul Collier
Bruce Dern ... J.J. Weston
Diane Ladd ... Karen
Jack Nicholson ... Bunny
Harry Dean Stanton ... Randolph Halverson (as Dean Stanton)
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Rebel
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Rebel
Earl Finn Earl Finn ... Rebel
Philip Carey Philip Carey ... Rebel
Robert Dix ... Miguel
Sid Lawrence Sid Lawrence ... Townspeople
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Townspeople
Jim Logan Jim Logan ... Townspeople
Helena Clayton Helena Clayton ... Carmela
Frankie O'Brien Frankie O'Brien ... Townspeople
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Storyline

In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul Collier. Paul and a leader of the bikers, J.J., knew each other years before, so when the gang comes upon the couple and, led by the menacing Bunny, beats up Paul and begins to sexually assault Karen. J.J. tries to intervene: he suggests they hold cycle-riding contests, with the winner claiming Karen (he promises, sotto voce, to set her free if he wins). After the contests commence, Paul crawls away to look for help. He meets with a shrug from a cowardly Sheriff's Deputy; where can he turn? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They laid waste to the flesh and blood of America's daughters. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belalılar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chloride, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd appeared in this film opposite Harry Dean Stanton. Their daughter, Laura Dern, appeared with Ladd and Stanton in Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006). Dern and Stanton appeared on Twin Peaks (2017). All three were directed by David Lynch. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Golondrina
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Music by 'Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter
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Wasn't Nearly as Fun or Exciting as It Should Have Been
9 November 2015 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Paul Collier" (Cameron Mitchell) is an architect who drives into a small town in search of his girlfriend, "Karen" (Diane Ladd) who is noticeably pregnant. He wants to marry her but she essentially wants to raise her child all by herself. As it so happens, a gang of motorcyclists known as "the Rebels" rides into this same town and begins causing trouble. Fortunately for Paul, the leader of the gang, "J. J. Weston" (Bruce Dern) is an old high school acquaintance of his and because of that they are on good terms with one another. Unfortunately, J. J. doesn't quite have as much control over some of the more violent members of the gang and when they take an interest in Karen things begin to turn extremely ugly. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie I will just say that this film wasn't nearly as fun or exciting as it should have been due in large part to the chaotic script and lackluster direction. Additionally, I personally didn't care for the use of a pregnant woman as a sex object. But maybe that's just me. In any case, I would think that having a cast which included Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton and the aforementioned Bruce Dern and Cameron Mitchell would have been more than enough to ensure a somewhat interesting biker film. Apparently, the director (Martin B. Cohen) wasn't up to the task and because of this I have to rate this film as below average.


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