The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1977)
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as Candy Morgan
as Ellie-Jo Turner
as Pam Morgan
as Mr. Sheriman
as Mr. Sherman
as Officer Andy
as Jason Morgan
as Young Texan
as Robert Simon
as Mr. Ralston
as Mr. Smith
as Miss Harris
as Mr. Scott
as Man in Crowd #2
as Market Manager
as Hotel Policeman
as Mexican Farmer
as Policeman in Car
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The plot of this movie was stolen for the movie Thelma and Louise but it's not as good. It stole its plot from Bonnie and Clyde. They just made the Clyde character a woman. Claudia Jennings robs a small town bank with a stick of dynamite in order to save the family farm. A bank teller who was in the process of getting fired for being late to work too many times joins her as her partner and the two go across Texas robbing banks. However Texas in this movie looked like California with lots of palm trees. Most of the cop cars in the movie were old beat-up California Highway Patrol cars. They started out in a cool looking 1955 Chevy. They dumped it quickly and used a series of beat up old cars for the chase scenes. They did have a cool 1966 blue Mustang. The movie is really just one car chase after another with stops in between to allow Claudia Jennings to get nude. The acting was bad. They seemed to be trying to copy The Dukes of Hazard TV show. The TV show had better acting and better car stunts. The only reason to watch the movie is for the nude scenes. The banks they were robbing were always in small towns. There was a time when small towns had local banks but after the bank failures of the 1980's most small towns lost their banks.
Alongside disaster flicks another proprietor in 1970s cinema culture was the outlaw chase flick. So with the "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase" we get a Roger Corman combination of "Vanishing Point" and "Bonnie and Clyde", substituting Clyde with another Bonnie for an earlier variation of "Thelma & Louise". That means it's an entertaining, low-budget B-movie with high octane chases mixed with two beautiful broads robbing banks with dynamite. Sounds like a explosive good time. Claudia Jennings escapes from prison only to rob a bank with a stick of dynamite in order to provide money for her family. Along the way she picks up a partner in the form of Jocelyn Jones, a down on her luck woman sick of the boring lifestyle wanting to spice it up a bit. Together they race across Texas giving the local law enforcement a headache as they rob banks with sticks of dynamite. All the expected Roger Corman production ingredients are in abundance, meaning action, humor and of course nudity. Yes stars Claudia Jennings and Jocelyn Jones do provide audiences with ample amounts of skin but don't let that fool you into thinking they were only casted for their booty. They actually have great chemistry together and provide the film with plenty of humor and even dramatic moments. Girls aren't left out either as they get their fair share of beefcake men flexing their biceps at the screen. The film is also surprisingly well paced by film-maker virgin Jocelyn Jones who mixes up the exciting chase sequences with character 'exposition', humor and even shocking drama. Our two loveable characters get mixed up in all sorts of antics while escaping the law that will be sure to bring a smile to exploitation lovers faces. "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase" is the type of film I would imagine that made going to the drive-in fun. Who says a film has to have a $50 million budget to be entertaining? That's why these old Roger Corman productions are so loveable as they are extremely entertaining on a shoe-string budget. He provides simple ingredients audiences loves and manages to hire competent young directors to deliver the goods, as with "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase". Fans of cult drive-in fare of the 70s are sure to wan to hunt this entertaining gem down. Bonus Rant: As with many Roger Corman productions "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase" was released with two separate titles throughout the United States. The other title is "Dynamite Women", a title I definitely like less. Ironically I prefer the poster artwork with the "Dynamite Women" title as opposed to the cartoonish poster artwork that coincides with the far more catchy title "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase." Go figure...
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