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Movie Review: Chrome and Hot Leather

24
June
2010
  Posted at 05:30:00 PM
  File under  Movie Review Product Review
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Chrome and Hot Leather cover
Score:
Plot: 3
Acting: 3
Visual: 3
Sound: 2
Nudity: None
Gore: None
One word spring to my mind when I think about this 1971 movie: predictable. From the first few minutes of this revenge movie, you know how the movie is going to go, and how it'll end. Nevertheless, the movie ain't bad. The bikers are the bad ones, a 1%-er gang who are up to mayhem.

The movie has its moments, like a bunch of choppers chasing noisy 2-strokers, and not catch up until they reach the dirt. Starring William Smith, Larry Bishop and soul singer Marvin Gaye. It's luscious Cheryl LaddCheryl Ladd motorcycle's first real movie (though she's in it for about 5 seconds), and the movie also features, though for a brief moment, those other Hollywood bikers Erik Estrada Open link in a new window and Dan Haggerty Open link in a new window (though I could not recognize Estrada).

It's funny seeing serving soldiers, specially Green Berets, with mid-long hair. Guess the actors didn't want to cut their hair. I liked seeing the Green Berets start their own motorcycle gang, complete with patches, in this case sergeant stripes.

At one moment in the movie, one of the choppers breaks down, and they peg him to the service station. It's one of the only times I've seen it done in a movie. As far as the fighting capabilities of the soldiers goes, all I can say is wooow... they are really, really bad! But one thing, don't mess with 2-stroke motorcycles, their smoke will kill you.

Plot
: A Green Beret returns home from the Vietnam war to find that a gang of murderous bikers has killed his fiancee. He calls on several of his Green Beret buddies to come and help him take revenge on the gang.

Quotes
: Lots of cheesy ones, like "you don't get paid to think"or "You want to be the man? Take your best shot".

Verdict
: An okay movie, useful for rainy Sundays when you don't go out riding. It's like the studio was riding on the biker exploitation movies of the 70's, and had a few writers locked up, smoking big ones, trying to come up with a novel idea, and this is it. The story has some merit to it, like many revenge movies. William Smith, a hard-core movie biker, does a pretty convincing job as the leader of the biker gang. Watch the trailer below.

Chrome and hot leather scene


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