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The Rebel Rousers (1970)

R | | Crime, Drama | April 1970 (USA)
In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul ... See full summary »


Martin B. Cohen




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Paul Collier
Bruce Dern ... J.J. Weston
Diane Ladd ... Karen
Jack Nicholson ... Bunny
Harry Dean Stanton ... Randolph Halverson (as Dean Stanton)
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Rebel
Lou Procopio Lou Procopio ... Rebel
Earl Finn Earl Finn ... Rebel
Philip Carey Philip Carey ... Rebel
Robert Dix ... Miguel
Sid Lawrence Sid Lawrence ... Townspeople
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Townspeople
Jim Logan Jim Logan ... Townspeople
Helena Clayton Helena Clayton ... Carmela
Frankie O'Brien Frankie O'Brien ... Townspeople


In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul Collier. Paul and a leader of the bikers, J.J., knew each other years before, so when the gang comes upon the couple and, led by the menacing Bunny, beats up Paul and begins to sexually assault Karen. J.J. tries to intervene: he suggests they hold cycle-riding contests, with the winner claiming Karen (he promises, sotto voce, to set her free if he wins). After the contests commence, Paul crawls away to look for help. He meets with a shrug from a cowardly Sheriff's Deputy; where can he turn? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd appeared in this film opposite Harry Dean Stanton. Their daughter, Laura Dern, appeared with Ladd and Stanton in Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006). Dern and Stanton appeared on Twin Peaks (2017). All three were directed by David Lynch. See more »


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Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Arranged by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter
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This made no sense
8 December 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

The strange behavior of various characters in this movie made me wonder if this might be a parody of biker movies. It was funny when the stereotypical dumb, lazy and cowardly Latino deputy was on screen. He and the sheriff were the only law, and at one point even the sheriff wasn't around. The bikers could have taken over and terrorized the town. And yet they weren't as mean as they could have been, which was never really explained. It was like there was an on-off switch deciding whether the bikers were going to be violent, or funny, or whatever. Some of them were more peace-oriented than the others and tried to get the meaner ones to behave.

What really made no sense was the reaction of Cameron Mitchell's character to the bikers. At first I thought he and Diane Ladd were giving good performances. Now I have to wonder. I can say this much: I enjoyed the music that was played in the scenes where Cameron Mitchell and Diane Ladd were together, and of course the funny deputy.

Other than that, what was this?

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Release Date:

April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belalılar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chloride, Arizona, USA See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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