Rebel Rousers, The (1970)
“We don’t need your type of people in this town.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… is merely a convenient subplot to put likable characters in harm’s way. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s former friendship with Dern is loose at best, serving no purpose other than to humanize Dern (slightly) by the end. The bulk of the film focuses on showing the bikers wreaking havoc, first in a bar:
… and later down on a beach, where they are going to race each other for the “privilege” of raping Ladd (do they not notice her advanced pregnancy, or not care?):
After being badly beaten, Mitchell goes into town to try to get help, only to find that local law enforcement is “laughably” ineffective:
At least he finds one individual (Robert Dix) willing to step up when his beautiful daughter accidentally wanders into the bikers’ trap.
I guess viewers enjoyed seeing motorcycles roaring along pristine natural landscapes:
… but this entire mess mostly comes across like an improvised quickie meant to pass screentime, nothing more. Watch (if you’d like) for Harry Dean Stanton in a supporting role as well.
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