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The Choppers (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 November 1961 (USA)
A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

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Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
Burr Middleton ...
Snooper (as Mickey Hoyle)
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Flip Johnson (as Roye Baker)
Chuck Barnes ...
Ben Shore
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Tom Hart
Marianne Gaba ...
Liz
William Shaw ...
Police Lt. Frank Fleming (as Bill Shaw)
Bruno VeSota ...
Moose McGill
Britt Wood ...
Cowboy Boggs
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Richard Cowl ...
Torch's Father (as Richard S. Cowl)
Patrick Hawley ...
Officer Jenks (as Pat Hawley)
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A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

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Fuel Injected Action!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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30 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebeldes del volante  »

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(Ryder Sound Service)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made in 1959 but not released until 1961 because producer Arch Hall Sr. was unable to get a distribution deal good enough to enable him to recoup his production costs. Once he made his second film, Eegah (1962), he was able to combine the two and offer them to distributors as a double feature, thereby getting a good enough deal to cover the costs of both films. See more »

Goofs

As the Choppers' truck is driving down the highway, a police car - a 1957 Plymouth - pulls up behind them and turns on its siren to have them pull over. However, when the car pulls alongside of the truck and forces it to the side of the road, it has turned into a 1959 Chevy. See more »

Quotes

Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan: [to Jim Bradford, as he is being arrested] We had a ball. A real ball.
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Connections

Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Monkey in My Hatband
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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Buzz out Mister, we love them chickens!
17 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Choppers is a fun hour filled B movie of youth gone wrong genre. Led by Cruiser (Arch Hall Jr), it's fun seeing how the gang operates. Man, dig that huge cell phone! Plus, see Arch in his hot rod tapping to the beat of his own song playing on the radio! Another shameless plug from Arch Hall Sr. who reminds me of the poor man's Walt Disney. Bruno VeSota, one of my favorite B actors, is great as Moose: the stubbly junkyard owner who smokes a stogie, is involved in shady deals, and takes a nap now and then. And what's up with Cowboy and his ballad "Entertain your lawyers"? For more laughs, watch Gypsy's face during the chase scene (she's got a great scream!). There's even a corny moral thrown in thanks to Torch's drunk Pop. The stereotypical 50s/60s B movie drunk is always a hoot to watch.

With a lot of slang and teen lingo and Conga Joe (hee hee ha!), it's fun to look back at deviance of yesteryear in this not wholly serious, yet entertaining flick.


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