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The Wild Angels (1966)




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This film follows a group of wild bikers, led by Heavenly Blues (Peter Fonda), as they cause havoc and destruction while paying tribute to a dead gang member, "Loser" Josey Kerns.

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Peter Fonda
as Heavenly Blues
Bruce Dern
as 'Loser'
Coby Denton
as Bull Puckey
Marc Cavell
as Frankenstein
Buck Taylor
as Dear John
Joan Shawlee
as Mama Monahan
Art Baker
as Thomas
Frank Maxwell
as Preacher
Frank Gerstle
as Hospital Policeman
Peter Bogdanovich
as Townsman in Fight at Funeral
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Angels

All Critics (12)

... a portrait of emptiness and hostility, a social revolution spiraling into narcissism and self-destruction.

March 14, 2015 | Full Review…

It's the Hollywood version of biker life, sure, but one that's swapped in a lot of ugly authenticity.

February 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A weirdly moody, frequently dysfunctional drama whose completely casual depiction of the California underclasses has a raw, realistic tang.

August 14, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Roger Corman's The Wild Angels took the outlaw culture of the biker movie into nervy, nihilistic territory.

January 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Essential entry in the biker-flick craze of the 1960s and '70s, a heartfelt plea for nihilism and abnormalcy in a world enslaved by Civilization.

December 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Wild Angels


Biker pictures are some of nastiest, grittiest films in Exploitation. The subject is ugly and intense. Some terrific films of the genre such as Easy Rider and Stone are memorable for their portrayal in the lifestyle. Stone being the more accurate of the two. Roger Corman's The Wild Angels is a classic of the genre, and is a fine biker film. With a great cast of actors, this film is very entertaining and is notable for using real Hell's Angels to add more authenticity to the film. The result is an impressive action drama that is brutal and intense. If you enjoy biker themed movies, then you should watch this film, it is a highly entertaining film that keeps you interested from start to finish. Peter Fonda is great here, and he would later star in Easy Rider. Roger Corman crafts something good here, a film that relies on its authenticity to create one of the most memorable biker films that has ever been filmed. With that being said, it does lack at times, but the fact that Corman hired real bikers for the film, makes this really appealing to viewers wanted a film that feels real. The Wild Angels is a worthwhile picture, one that manages to be packed with action and excitement throughout. Like I said, the film has its flaws, but works well enough to make it a film to enjoy. The Wild Angels is a film that will most likely appeal to midnight film fans, but as it is, it's a picture that deserves to be seen by any film buff looking for a well made cult film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite biker movies ever. Fonda gives a great performance. The story is good too. I really liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

peter fonda plays a hell's angels chapter president with nancy sinatra as his girlfriend. as awesome as that sounds it's not quite as ridiculous as i was expecting. more fun than good in typical corman fashion. nice scenery, lame script, bad acting. and way cool to see young bruce dern and diane ladd

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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