Michael A. Mcbride
– September 21, 2021
Old school biker show
– September 30, 2021
Great old flicks of course! Vendor was fast, even from USA. A1 condition. Thanks The Book Community. You Rock!
– October 5, 2021
Believe it or not, Hell’s Angels 69, released at the tail end of the `biker’ genre, was not the first film to feature the Angels (that credit goes to the 1967 film Hells Angels on Wheels), but, it was the first film where the boys actually got speaking parts. Co-written by Jeremy Slade (who also co-stars) and Tom Stern (who also co-stars and produced the movie), with the screenplay by Don Tait (Chrome and Hot Leather, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Herbie Goes Bananas), and directed by Lee Madden (Angel Unchained, The Manhandlers), the movie features Conny Van Dyke (W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings), who, along with appearing on numerous television game shows throughout the 70s was also Motown’s first, white recording artist, G.D. Spradlin (The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, Ed Wood), along with a slew of real life Hell’s Angels including Charles `Magoo’ Tinsley, John `Terry the Tramp’ Tracy, Tiny Walters, Clifford `Skip’ Workman, and Ralph ‘Sonny’ Barger, also known as the Godfather of the Hells Angels and the most famous outlaw Biker in the world.
As the movie begins we’re in Los Angeles, at a real swinging party, a happening shindig hosted by two seemingly well-to-do brothers Wes (Slate) and Chuck (Stern), in a groovy apartment complete with wall to wall pink shag carpeting…zowie! The boys talk briefly about some plan, and then cut out early arriving at a posh house in the hills. The next morning we see the two leaving, dressed as bikers, driving a pair of choppers (motorcycles). They ride out into the country and stake out the Hell’s Angels (the Oakland chapter, to be specific), eventually weaseling their way into hanging out with the club. The pair participate in various club activities like drinking beer, riding around recklessly, drinking beer, terrorizing a small town, drinking beer, brawling with each other, drinking beer and so on…did I mention they drink beer? Also, Chuck buys Betsy (Van Dyke), a tag along bimbette of the club, for a pack of smokes (I wonder what he could’ve gotten for a carton). Anyway, after Wes and Chuck get a serious beat down from the bikers (I thought it was an initiation of sorts, but this wasn’t the case), they hear the Angels are planning on a road trip, to which Wes and Chuck suggest Las Vegas as a destination, as that’s where the action is…or, at least the action as far as their plans go. Turns out Wes and Chuck have designs on robbing one of the casinos, and are planning on using the Angels as part of a diversionary tactic. The group does go to Las Vegas, the brothers manage the heist and get subsequently get away, trading in their choppers for dirt bikes and fleeing across the desert. The Angels, learning of the ruse, are hot on the heels of the deceptive duo and it’s not to congratulate them for their recent successes…
Okay, first off I want to mention that there is no huge Las Vegas riot scene in this film, despite the fact that on the front of the DVD case it states “This was the RUMBLE that ROCKED Las Vegas!”. This was a little disappointing to me, I was really looking forward to some serious bone snapping, head cracking, blood spilling action as the cops and the bikers participated in an all out battle royale. There is a showdown of sorts, but it ends all rather amicably, and without much fuss. One of the most interesting aspects of the film for me was when the group was cruising the Las Vegas Strip, and seeing how relatively quaint the Las Vegas Strip was compared to today (Caesar’s Palace was miniscule to its current form). As far as the acting goes, the `professional’ performers did all right (none of them broke a sweat, but the material was very simplistic), while Sonny and his club members, while not professional actors, did well enough, and besides, these aren’t the kind of guys I’d think would stand around while the director took take after take after take trying to get the shot right. As far as the story goes this wasn’t the best biker movie I’ve ever saw, but it was far from the worst. At the very least it was kept relatively straightforward. Having real life Hell’s Angels present certainly provided a sense of authenticity, and the film does feature a lot of what one expect in a flick like this in the four B’s…bikes, boozing, brawling, broads (a bit skimpy on this last one, though). The whole subplot with Van Dyke’s character realizing there’s more to life than being the property of a biker club seemed awkward at times, and near the end it really dragged on the film as her newfound outlook on life leads to complications between Wes and Chuck, but other than that, the story moved along at a decent pace. The stunts were well done, and the fight scenes felt very real which made me wonder if any of it was staged, or if the guys were just cut loose to go at each other. The funniest scene in the film was when Chuck and Wes changed from their biker outfits into suits and really phony looking wigs, prior to robbing the casino. Had I been on the scene when this happened, and the police later questioned me as to if I saw anything strange or unusual, I would have responded, “What, besides the two guys with really bad crew cut wigs?” All in all an interesting film that plods along at times, and features an ending you might not expect, but one should keep in mind the Hell’s Angels had a stipulation in that while they could be depicted as being fooled in the movie, they ultimately had to have the last word.
Media Blasters provides a good looking, fullscreen (1.33:1) picture on this DVD, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 audio comes through clean enough. There are a number of special features including a original trailer for the film, an intro by Joe Bob Briggs, a featurette titled `Conny Van Dyke: Message to Her Fans’ (9:30), a Connie Van Dyke photo gallery, liner notes and movie info print on the DVD booklet insert, and a commentary track featuring Joe Bob Briggs. Also included are trailers for other Media Blaster DVD releases like Blood Shack (1971), Hell High (1989), Samurai Cop (1989), and The Hollywood Strangler (1979). The movie itself rates three stars, while Joe Bob Brigg’s commentary track earns this release an extra star. That man sure knows his cinematic crud.
If I learned anything from this film it’s not to cross the Hell’s Angels…they seem reluctant to forgive and forget…and a pack of cigarettes goes far in biker clubs.
– October 12, 2021
good movie, a gift for a good friend
– November 10, 2021
Run Angel Run: 1 star
Hell’s Bloody Devils: 1 1/2 stars
Hell’s Angels 69: 3 stars
The only movie worth watching of the three in this set is Hell’s Angels 69, the other two are too lame even to review nevermind watch. First of all the rumble that rocked Las Vegas never occurred in this film which did lack action. Still it was well made and it features many original members of the hell’s angels Oakland chapter. It is an ok biker flick. Beyond the Law is good as is Born Losers, both are worth checking out if you’re looking for a good biker movie. Satan’s Sadists has its moments..
– November 14, 2021
Mind you I have no 1st hand experience with motorcycle games; so, this review is merely my opinion. After reading a few books about infiltrations into “outlaw” motorcycle clubs by various law enforcement agencies and Sony Barger’s own autobiography, ‘Hell’s Angel’, I starting searching the internet for DVD’s on the subject. Most motorcycle movies were really corny, poor plot lines and little motorcycle footage. I ordered this movie based on the information that Sonny Barger and a few of his Hell’s Angels were appearing in it. The DVD cover really gave me doubts; however, the film itself isn’t bad. There actually is a story line and some decent biking footage. It seems to portray the Hell’s Angels as a carefree, if not careless, group of free wheeling bikers and babes with no sense of responsibility for anything but themselves and their freinds. It does not delve into the Hell’s Angels organization or it’s means of supporting itself. This is fair enough since that’s not part of the story. You get some good looks at real Hell’s Angels. Although they are definitely not the kind of crowd with whom I’d care to associate, the film does imbue Sonny and his club members with a certain character and loyalty. It is worth watching and I suspect I’ll watch it a couple more times in the future.
– November 18, 2021
If you’re in to 60’s and 70’s Biker-Exploitation this is the place for you. I have been trying to track down some of the odd-ball stuff and here you have two of the classics. While all three are good flicks, “Run Angel Run” and “Hells Angels 69” are two of the top. So, drop the wrench of the afternoon. Clean the grease from under your nails. Bruch the bugs out of your teeth. Grab a beer and some pretzels and let’s pop in the tape … er, DVD. If she’s not cryin’ at you for something invite the ol’ lady too. -Ride Free, Uncle Dave
– November 23, 2021
The Hells Angels get 5 stars, the writers/director get 2 stars, so the movie gets 3.5 stars overall. Here we have the Hells Angels minding their own business, having some “fun in the sun”. The spoiled rich guys, Chuck and Wes, looking for kicks, hatch a plan to rob a Las Vegas casino using the Angels as cover. Filming real live Hells Angels — Sonny Barger, Terry the Tramp, Tiny, etc. — gives this movie authenticity not found in other biker movies. “Easy Rider” for all its success is really just some hippies riding choppers. The Hells Angel ethic is something different, and you get a taste of it here.
– November 23, 2021
This rather lame tale of two thrill seeking rich boys out to prove they can rob a Las Vegas Casino, and use Hells Angels to do it, would barely merit mention were it not for the fact that the real Oakland Angels are stars in the film.
Sonny Barger, President, Terry the Tramp, Magoo and Cisco, all of the Oakland chapter, and familiar to anyone who has read any of the books about the history of the Angels, are featured heavily here with dialogue and close ups and everything. Terry being the stand out.
The motorcycles range from rather stock late sixties Harleys to a custom built chopper reportedly built by Sonny specially for the film. But these bikes are only featured in the first two thirds of the picture- the final chase scene through the desert has almost the entire cast riding dirt bikes.
Overall an interesting if not great film, just to see the famous Angels, the basis for so many of the genres offerings, in the flesh so to speak.
– December 14, 2021
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