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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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Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan
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Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
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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 ...
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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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Rebeldes del volante  »

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Film debut of Arch Hall Jr. See more »

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When the gang is terrorizing Norman and his girlfriend in their car at the drive-in, Snooper remarks that Moon hubcaps - a lightweight hubcap that covers the entire face of the rim - dent easily, and a close-up shows someone's foot kicking several dents in a Moon cap. However, when Norman's car finally backs up a few seconds later and leaves the drive-in, there are no Moon hubcaps on it, only small round caps that cover just the hub of the wheel. See more »

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Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan: [to Jim Bradford, as he is being arrested] We had a ball. A real ball.
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Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962) See more »

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Konga Joe
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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Typical yet entertaining b-movie
12 February 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Sure this film isn't "Rebel Without a Cause". Heck, it isn't even "High School Caeser" or "High School Confedential". However, it is an amusing diversion for a rainy afternoon. Arch Hall Jr. stars as Jack Crusier, the leader of a gang of teenage car-strippers called the Choppers. They are employed by a sleazy character name Big Moose, who runs an auto salvage yard. However, the cops (and one good-looking cop's girlfriend) are quickly closing in on the gang. The film tries (and fails) to offer moral explanation for why the kids act this way, citing bad parenting and neglect. The acting (with the slight exception of Bruno VeSota) is terrible. Also, Arch Hall has to be one of the most bizarre attempts at crafting a teen idol.

So why do I enjoy this film? Its a stereotypical delinquency picture from its time, and is a complete byproduct of the late 50s / early 60s. This film wouldn't get made in any other time. It is campy and amusing, worthy of a small cult following. It's not Hall's best film ("The Sadist" gets that honor, as he actually turns in a stunning performance), but there are worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon. The DVD double feature of this and "Wild Guitar" from Something Weird Video is highly recommended. Entertaining and quickly paced as long as you don't expect art. (4/10)


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