Hell’s Angels ’69video_31
Directed by Lee Madden Media Home Entertainment 1984
97 minutes; rated M–Mature Audiences

 by Tammy Vrieze

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”, wrote Shakespeare. Chuck and Wes learn this the hard way in this month’s movie Hell’s Angels ’69.

Chuck is an eccentric socialite who, with the help of his half brother Wes, robs six hundred grand from Caesar’s Palace for the sheer thrill of getting away with it. What’s even more insane is that they frame the Hell’s Angels as accessories to the crime.

Step one of Chuck’s elaborate plan is to gain the trust and respect of the Angels which they accomplish with their impressive motorcycle stunts and fighting skills.

Next, they convince the Angels to head for Vegas figuring that the law will be keeping such a close eye on the bikers that they will have no problems pulling off the robbery in their business attire.

They get the money but don’t go undetected. The cops are after them but what’s far worse is that the Angels are after them as well. Chuck and Wes buy a couple of dirt bike and head through the desert with the money and their new biker babe, Betsy, unaware that the Angels are hot on their trail.

Hell’s Angels ’69 won’t make it into my video collection but I did enjoy the film. It had good flow and was well written even if not so well acted. The former president of the Oakland chapter of the Hell’s Angels, Sonny Barger, and club member Terry the Tramp star alongside Tom Stern, Jeremy Slate, and Conny Van Dyke. The film was directed by Lee Madden and should appeal to just about everyone whether you ride or not. But riders will especially enjoy the stunts performed when the Angels are showing off and the dirt bike sequence in the desert.


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