Angels Hard as They Come Film Details
Overview: Sex, violence, and bikers on an action filled ride, in this film produced and co-written by Jonathan Demme.
Tagline: An eye for an eye… a piece for a piece.
Review: On the one hand, after watching Angels Hard as They Come, I could understand why it’s not higher rated or even been seen anymore than the common garden-variety B-movie biker flick, as it is true shamelessly Corman-style. On the other hand, I ended really liking how it was executed. The collaborators, Joe Viola and Jonathan Demme, wring out plenty of dirty fun out of such violent and twisted material without ‘softening’ it up like some biker movies of the period. It’s got almost no characters from the ‘outside’ world, just bikers, and maybe a few hippies (and yes, one of them an out-of-place and amusingly one-note Gary Busey). So part of the entertainment comes from bikers just being as rough and crazy as possible. But with this the writers come up with some unexpectedly funny moments, some more harsh than others, and sometimes even commenting on some of the absurdities of the Dragons. This is done dialog-wise many times- as Viola’s style isn’t nearly as strong or affecting as Demme provides- and sometimes through ideas shown and it all being realistic even as its crudely artificial. One such scene, as a quick example, is when the leader of the pack General (Charles Dierkop as a well-played maniac) is seen from the waist up having short moment of pleasure, then as the camera pans down his motorcycle is getting a cleaning (pun intended, but then the title itself is almost there just for a goof). Or in having one of the side characters, the one black character of a story, adrift in the desert, almost putting to a stop the Corman rule of there being almost constant danger &/or fights &/or sex/nudity/et all. Other ideas abound in the crazy extremities that the Dragons go through against the three Angels (one being Scott Glenn in maybe the best ‘acting’ of the film), including a final idea that never does come to fruition. All through, the filmmakers basically acknowledge what kind of film they’re making, and don’t skimp out on the early biker movies might not have dealt with, at least as much. Rape, racism, torture, pure decadence and decay in the devastation. But the factor of it all having practically a Western-movie element to it, a B-Western at that, is not thrown away for a story without focus. It’s arcane and simplistic in music, usually exploitative in themes and character, and it’s got the cinematic flavor of a beer soaked ashtray. But to hell if it isn’t one of my favorites of its kind, if only on the most guilty-pleasure level.
Duration: 85 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Also known as: Angel Warriors,Angels, Hell on Harleys,Angeles De La Violencia,Angels,Angels as Hard as They Come,Angeloi skliroi kai ameiliktoi,Rolling Thunder,Angels Hard as They Come,Gli angeli pestano duro