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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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  (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?

Fabian makes a cameo appearance as the Police Officer (uncredited) who stops Phil (Robert Fuller) and Sheryl (Sherry Bain) on the chopper so he can check out the custom chopper, aka "Baby" . Fabian was a popular swinging teen idol and hit rock-n-roll singer during the 50's and 60's.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hell Ride (2008)See more »
Be Nobody's FoolSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Guilty of Excess Taste, 31 August 2011
Author: Scott_Mercer from North Hollyweird

One of the few motorcycle themed films that tried for something different than the usual approach, and largely failed because of it. Most of these biker gang films were action films with an occasional dose of romance (or more likely, pure lust), to fill the time between scenes of rumbles or long rides across the California desert. This is really a romantic drama with occasional action scenes to break up the emoting. Clearly, this is the wrong approach to take in a motorcycle film, "Easy Rider" aside.

Robert Fuller (of "Emergency" and many other roles) is a Vietnam vet who returns home. His buddy Lenny has left him his totally tricked out cycle and he is supposed to take charge of it and bring his "friend" Big Red to Lenny's funeral. Fuller hooks up with Lenny's ex-squeeze Cheryl, and goes in search of Big Red. He also runs afoul of a local bike gang and a few pill popping punks in a beat-up hot rod (some kind of super obscure car that I could not recognize...I think it was a foreign number, possibly a Hillman). Plenty of time is spent on long romantic rides and deep philosophical discussions...all to the detriment of the viewer.

If you're making a motorcycle gang film, you've got to let the sleaze come to the fore. Sure, there were some fights, conflicts, tension, and menacing, dirty, unshaven bikers on view here. So I can't rate this film TOO low. But, overall, I'd have to say: guys, nice try, but, it didn't work out how you hoped it would. Some people may like the change of pace here, but for me, I felt somewhat disappointed.

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