Friday, December 17, 2010

1970 - THE LOSERS, "Get It On" in Vietnam

Thoughtful exploitation trash extremely well assembled.  The Losers probably said more about the arrogant United States attitudes to nation building than Apocalypse Now or The Deer Hunter ever could.

Hired by the CIA to get an American spy out of Cambodia, a bike game parties, trashes, shoots and blunders its way through Vietnam and Cambodia, if that isn't a metaphor for the United States military interventions in other countries, then I don't know what is.

The head of the bike gang is William "Big Bill" Smith who is so macho he wears a very dangling earring in one of his ears.  The rest of cast is an assortment of slime ball bike gang members  who depressingly would probably be very comfortable serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. 

Directed by exploitation director Jack Starrett using the Roger Corman formula of a little sex, a little action and a little social commentary, there are enough fights in this film for about 10 biker movies.  Since this is a low budget exploitation film, the battles and bike stunts are the real thing. 

95  minutes baby.

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