Stars: Tom Stern, Jeremy Slate, Conny Van Dyke and Steve Sandor
It's all a con, you see, because Chuck and Wes Patterson plan to rob Caesar's Palace. This isn't Ocean's Eleven and they sure don't look like the Rat Pack, but they have thought things out nonetheless. The first step is to get in with the Angels and the second step is to talk them into a run up to Vegas, both of which go off without a hitch, after a bit of knee scraping and fist fighting and such. They even acquire themselves a girl, Betsy, who they buy for a pack of smokes. She's the only one of the bunch who isn't a real biker, given that she ran away from her family's Colorado ranch at fifteen and just hasn't worked out anything better yet. They drive straight through Vegas, though we do get a brief look at the 1969 Vegas Strip, showing us just how long Caesar's Palace, Circus Circus and the Flamingo have been there. They head on through to see Tiny's aunt, who hasn't seen him in years and thinks he's in Stanford. She gets a wake up call!
While this is far from a good movie, it's an interesting piece, though surprisingly it's less about the what and more about the who and the where. The looks we get at the Strip forty years ago are fascinating and we end up out in the desert for a lackadaisical chase that merely highlights the scenery. Sonny and his Angels were notable folks in 1969, about to become even more infamous in December at the Rolling Stones free festival at the Altamont Speedway. They don't come across as particularly dangerous here though, however tall some of them are, however much facial hair they have between them and however drunk they get. They do some hellraising but not a heck of a lot, especially as the only old lady who even speaks is the one played by an actress, Conny Van Dyke. They're certainly heroes rather than villains though, albeit complete outsider heroes, perhaps taking advantage of an opportunity for good publicity on their terms.