Hoodlum Movies : Seriality and the Outlaw Biker Film Cycle, 1966-1972, Hardback Book

Hoodlum Movies : Seriality and the Outlaw Biker Film Cycle, 1966-1972 Hardback


From The Wild Angels in 1966 until its conclusion in 1972, the cycle of outlaw motorcycle films contained forty-odd formulaic examples.

All but one were made by independent companies that specialized in producing exploitation movies for drive-ins, neighborhood theaters, and rundown inner city houses.

Despised by critics, but welcomed by exhibitors denied first-run films, these cheaply and quickly produced movies were produced to appeal to audiences of mobile youths.

The films are repetitive, formulaic, and eminently forgettable, but there is a story to tell about all of the above, and it is one worth hearing.

Hoodlum Movies is not only about the films, its focus is on why and how these films were made, who they were made for, and how the cycle developed through the second half of the 1960s and came to a shuddering halt in 1972.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 236 pages, 5 colour photographs and 31 black and white photographs
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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  • Category: Film: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9780813599021

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