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Playing Apirl 28th at the Regent Square Theater
The Wild Angels scandalized the American public with its documentary-style depiction of an outlaw motorcycle gang, based on real stories recounted by the San Bernardino Hells Angels. Beginning with one of the greatest openings of all time, (featuring the fuzz guitar title track instrumental, "Blue's Theme" by Davie Allan and the Arrows) it was just as controversial and influential for its generation as The Wild One had been earlier, kicking off the "biker movie" cycle, and forever immortalizing the culture of outlaw bikers on film. Chosen for it's daring subject matter to be the American entry at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, it caused a critical uproar in the US. The critics didn't really matter because The Wild Angels was the highest grossing film to date released by AIP. Beyond the cinematic artistry Corman displayed, the Europeans recognized the struggle of outcasts against a stifling society reflected in the no-nonsense existential ending and encapsulated by the generation defining speech delivered by Peter Fonda:
We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! ... And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time. And that's what we are gonna do. We are gonna have a good time... We are gonna have a party.
The Wild Angels ride tonight!
93 minutes / Rated R / Starring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd / 1966 USA
Their credo is violence...Their God is hate...and they call themselves 'The Wild Angels'