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Release Date:
28 August 1972 (Sweden) See more »
Some machines are more than most men can handle! See more »
While in Vietnam, a GI promises his dying buddy that he'll take care of his motorcycle, "Baby", when he gets back home... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kind of dull...but also a bit reminiscent of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"...sort of...maybe. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Fuller ... Phil
Sherry Bain ... Sheryl
Tony Russel ... Big Red
William Bonner ... Grady

Marshall Reed ... Father Tom
Mikel Angel ... Ralls

Biff Elliot ... Mike
Albert Cole ... Mooch (as Al Cole)
Phyllis Selznick ... Rita
R.L. Armstrong ... Jason
Robert Swan ... Ted
Larry Eisley ... Rice
Frank Charolla ... Meyers
Herman Rudin ... Little Horse
Ford Lile ... Floyd
Alfonso Williams ... Lenny
Rachel English
John Lomma

Robert Tessier

Gus Peters
Ron Stokes
Joe Folino
John Cestare ... Al
Del Russel ... Nico
Tony Haig ... Hobo
Tony De Costa
Doug Matheson
David Bradley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Beck ... Highway thug (uncredited)

Fabian ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Burt Topper 
Writing credits
Burt Topper (written by)

Produced by
Gloria Betrue .... assistant producer
Charles Hannawalt .... producer (as Charles Hanawalt)
Byron Roberts .... associate producer
Burt Topper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Harley Hatcher 
Cinematography by
Robert F. Sparks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kenneth G. Crane  (as George Eppich)
Makeup Department
Robert Bau .... makeup artist
Production Management
C. Randall Berkeley .... production manager
Byron Roberts .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Pepin .... assistant director
Art Department
C. Randall Berkeley .... property manager (as Randall Berkeley)
Ross Hahn .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Al Overton .... sound mixer
Richard Spelker .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard King Sr. .... key grip (as Richard King)
Gerald McClain .... assistant camera
Norman C. McClay .... lighting gaffer
Gail Parker .... camera operator
Gus Peters .... still photographer
John Pratt .... assistant camera
Jack Willoughby .... special photography
Editorial Department
George J. Eppich .... assistant editor (as Kenneth Crane)
Music Department
Davie Allan .... orchestrations
Ginger Blake .... background vocalist
Stan Farber .... background vocalist
Emory Gordy Jr. .... orchestrations (as Emory Gordy)
Harley Hatcher .... conductor
Ron Hicklin .... background vocalist
Gene Morford .... background vocalist
Spooner Oldham .... orchestrations
Dennis St. John .... orchestrations
Maxine Waters Willard .... background vocalist (as Maxine Willard)
Julia Waters .... background vocalist (as Juli Tillman)
Transportation Department
Cliff Busch .... transportation
Bob Dinsmore .... transportation
Dave Kupp .... transportation (as Dave Krupp)
Paul Schuster .... transportation
Other crew
Gloria Betrue .... assistant to producer
Frank Charolla .... technical advisor
Terri Edwards .... production secretary
Edward Knight .... script supervisor
Marshall Reed .... production coordinator
Steven Benson .... assistant: Byron Roberts (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Adespota skylia tis asfaltou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Biker - The Hard Riders" - Germany (DVD box title)
"Epistrofi sti via" - Greece (video title)
"Hâdo Raidâ" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Hard Raider" - Hungary
"Hard Rider" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"O Importante É Vencer" - Brazil
"Tapporaudat" - Finland
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93 min
Color (Movielab)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (cut) (1973) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:GP (certificate #22745) (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The 1947 Harley Davidson Knucklehead chopper used in this film was built by Ben Hardy Cliff Vaughn , Sugar bear. Choppers they never received recognition for this in the film credits or ever mentioned.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hell Ride (2008)See more »
Be Nobody's FoolSee more »


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Kind of dull...but also a bit reminiscent of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"...sort of...maybe., 2 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Hard Ride" is a decent film---not especially good but they people who made it tried to make a competent movie and it is watchable. However, for folks who LIKE sleazy biker pics, this one will be a HUGE disappointment! Had they infused it with the typical crap you'd find in films like "Satan's Sadists" or "Werewolves on Wheels", it would have been worse but a lot more fun.

The film is about an ex-G.I. (Robert Fuller) who has come to a desert town to take possession of his dead buddy's chopper nicknamed 'Baby'. Unfortunately, all kids of nasty folks want the bike and Fuller isn't about to just give it to these jerks. However, this is only part of the film--much of it consists of Fuller and a lady driving around cross country looking for 'Big Red' as well as making out. While all this COULD have been great sleazy fun, it's all played very straight and is non-exploitation all the way. A somewhat dull time-passer and that's about it.

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