The Wild Angels

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
First shot: a kid on a trike pedals furiously away from his mother, to be stopped abruptly by a chopper's front wheel. Final shot: Peter Fonda shovels dirt over fellow-Angel Bruce Dern's grave, as police sirens wail closer. Moral: none. Roger Corman's notorious classic remains perhaps the most explicitly nihilistic movie ever made; revealed in retrospect to be less a rebellious youth picture than the extremist culmination of his horror movie cycle. Organised around Dern's death and protracted funeral rites, the film focuses a dispassionate scrutiny on the limits of inarticulate anarchy, with the Hell's Angels characterised with suitably satanic literalness as they 'fall' in the no-choice gulf between the cross and the swastika. Paradise Lost, indeed, as non serviam leads inexorably, and very sourly, to 'nothing to say'...'nowhere to go'. Discomfiting, but timely.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Corman
Screenwriter: Charles B Griffith
Cast: Peter Fonda
Nancy Sinatra
Bruce Dern
Lou Procopio
Coby Denton
Marc Cavell
Michael J Pollard
Diane Ladd
Joan Shawlee
Gayle Hunnicutt
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