The Wild Angels (Blu-ray)
The most terrifying film of your time!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 17, 2015
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern & Diane Ladd|
|Performer:||Norman Alden, Michael J. Pollard, Joan Shawlee, Buck Taylor, Gayle Hunnicutt, Art Baker, Frank Maxwell & Dick Miller|
|Directed by||Roger Corman|
|Edited by||Monte Hellman|
|Screenwriting by||Charles B. Griffith|
|Composition by||Mike Curb|
|Cinematography by||Richard Moore|
|Art Direction by||Leon Ericksen|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Executive Production by||Samuel Z. Arkoff & James H. Nicholson|
Roger Corman's The Wild Angels took the outlaw culture of the biker movie into nervy, nihilistic territory. Full Review
It is an embarrassment all right. Full Review
New York Times
This is the sort of movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat -- ready to leave the theater. Full Review
Corman tackles assignment with realism, taking apart the cult and giving its members an indepth study as he follows a gang headed by Peter Fonda in their defiance of common decencies. Full Review
Rating: 6/10 -- A weirdly moody, frequently dysfunctional drama whose completely casual depiction of the California underclasses has a raw, realistic tang. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Discomfiting, but timely. Full Review
The Wild Angels, a tale of revenge and violent fun in a California motorcycle gang, is one of the first commercial pictures to show the direct influence of U.S. underground movies, most of which are too far-out for general distribution. Full Review
The Hells Angels ride in this cool, downbeat biker film from B-movie godfather Roger Corman. A pre-EASY RIDER Peter Fonda stars as Heavenly Blues, the Angels' black-leather-clad leader. When his friend Loser (Bruce Dern) gets shot by the cops, he and the Angels bust him out of the hospital, but he dies and they end up trashing his funeral in a drunken orgy. Corman turns it all into a sort-of Western, capturing a nicely elegiac tone as he portrays--without judgment--the lifestyle of these modern outlaws. He even predicts the death of countercultural hedonism before many people were even aware it existed. American social leaders were outraged when the film was chosen as the only U.S. entry for the 1966 Venice Film Festival, where it was considered an important cinematic statement. It's certainly more than mere exploitation, and benefits from striking outdoor photography and camerawork. A record-breaking box-office success, THE WILD ANGELS launched a whole genre: the 1960s biker film.
- Theatrical release: July 20, 1966.
- The Hell's Angels of Venice, California, appear as themselves in the film.
- Peter Bogdanovich worked on the film as an assistant director and an uncredited writer, as well as an extra.
- Nancy Sinatra plays Heavenly's girlfriend (or "chick") and Dern's then-wife, Diane Ladd, plays his.
- Filmed at various California locales, such as Hollywood, Palm Desert, Mecca, San Pedro, and Venice.