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2.0 out of 5 stars Angels Hard as they come
This certainly is a formulaic Angels film and has no real saving graces save the bikes. Trikes were rare in the seventies in England, but many Americans modified the Harley and Indian Servi-cars that dated back to the forties and huge stack exhausts were common back in the day. A distinct lack of plot other than bikers joins peaceful commune, Bikers resent lifestyle,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Angels Hard as they come, 22 Mar 2008
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This certainly is a formulaic Angels film and has no real saving graces save the bikes. Trikes were rare in the seventies in England, but many Americans modified the Harley and Indian Servi-cars that dated back to the forties and huge stack exhausts were common back in the day. A distinct lack of plot other than bikers joins peaceful commune, Bikers resent lifestyle, Bikers destroy lifestyle spoils the film and makes it just like many other Bikersplotaion films. A turkey to avoid unless, like me, you collect as many Biker films as you can find.
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2.0 out of 5 stars low budget biker flick, 18 April 2007
This film is blatently made on a tight budget. There is only one main set, an old derelict town "in the desert" somwhere in America. A hippy group has apparently taken up residence and the Dragons' decided to join them, inviting a few angels. The question of where things such as water, food and gasoline come from, is, obviously, never raised. That'd make the film appear unrealistic..

The bikes are probably the best thing about the film, they're certainly the most memorable. Several are particularly amusing. There's a scene at the start, similar to in easy rider, where many close up shots of a bike are given before the camera zooms out and a full view can be seen. In easy rider, it was Captain america's gorgeous chopper. Here it's a trike. I don't know about nowadays, but I can't imagine many original angels had trikes. Considering they were mostly all very poor I doubt they could afford to custom make them. I guess, though, a trike is used in the film to add something a bit different. Another funny looking thing was another angel's bike which had a double exhaust extending almost vertically upwards out the back of the bike.

As far as acting goes, I've seen better in children's christmas plays. Charles Dierkop (the general) probably gives the best performance of the movie, as the crazy leader of the "Dragons" gang. The only reason I say this though is that he's the only one that stands out, the wooden acting of the others makes them indistinguishable. Needless to say, there is no character build up or real depth. I think the director was just trying to follow the main biker movie of the time, Easy Rider, and perhaps grow some cult status. not knowing the story behind the lead character can add an air of mistique. This film doesn't have a main character however, and when nothing is said about any of those involved, it realy stops an audience feeling at all attached to the characters.

Unlike Easy Rider, this film is stereotipical of low budget, poor quality films, especially from this era. The alleged gratuetous violence and sex does not even help lower the induced levels of bordom. Obviously, 1971 was a time where, to gain an 18 rating and have the statement "definitly not for the squemish..." in it's description, all that was needed was to briefly show some topless girls, to say a few swearwords several times and to occasionaly mention drugs. Also, violence? I know times have changed and we've become a bit more accustomed to these scenes on tv and film, Itchi the Killer and any number of horror films will prove that, but I had no idea we'd come so far! The thumps, slaps, fake blood and (my favourite) the (laughable) plastic hatchet just make the level of "violence" akin to something you'd see on daytime telivision shows.

Overall this film will pass the time, certainly the bikes look quite nice, but, despite what the characters may say, it doesn't really have much class.
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