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The Choppers
The Choppers
Actors: Arch Hall Jr., Marianne Gaba, Robert Paget, Tom Brown, Burr Middleton
Director: Leigh Jason
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
UR     2002     1hr 6min


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Actors: Arch Hall Jr., Marianne Gaba, Robert Paget, Tom Brown, Burr Middleton
Director: Leigh Jason
Creators: Clark Ramsey, Jack Ogilvie, Arch Hall Sr., M.B. Collins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Classics
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2002
Original Release Date: 11/30/1961
Theatrical Release Date: 11/30/1961
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 6min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A movie only a car guy could love.
R G Dupras | Cumberland, RI United States | 02/20/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is a movie for car guys. There are two bitchin' cars in this movie and you must be a car guy to appreciate them. The first is a very well built T-bucket (a T-bucket is a Ford Model T from the '20s which has been made into a hot rod) powered by a Buick nail head engine with 6 carburetors. The other car is a beautiful '59 Buick convertible. To most people these are just old or weird cars, but car guys would flip out when they see them. I know I did.The movie itself is nothing special. It looks like it was shot in a week with a budget of $100.00. The plot of this movie is very simplistic. You have 5 teenagers, ages 16 to 18, who go around stripping cars and selling the parts to a low-life junk yard owner. The police set up a sting and catch them in the act. One of the kids has a gun and he kills a cop. The movie ends with an exchange of gunfire and two dead kids and two dead junk yard men. The rest of the kids are arrested and escorted to a jail. To give you an idea how low the budget was for this movie the only car you see being stripped is an old Kaiser. They smash the windows, take the radio and battery and torch off the exhaust system. The car is pushed onto its side to better access the exhaust system. The next car they're to strip is the beautiful '59 Buick mentioned earlier in this review. Since the budget is so small they don't dare destroy this beautiful car. They show the bottom of the already stripped Kaiser tilted onto its side and we are supposed to believe it's the expensive Buick convertible. There are other things in this movie which make you break into laughter. For cover, the kids ride around in a live poultry truck. When they get to the next car to strip they unload some of the caged chickens to get their chop equipment. Also, the kid in the T-bucket is a spotter who looks for trouble and warns the others with a giant bread sized walkie-talkie. This movie is somewhat entertaining even though it was shot on a shoe string. The DVD quality is not the best. I don't think the quality of the film used to make the transfer to the DVD was very good to begin with. Only car guys would like this movie. Most people would consider it a piece of junk, although I just saw it on AMC. This is an American classic? It's a fun movie though, and entertaining."
A Poorly Made DVD
andy7 | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/07/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a Juvenile Delinquent classic, but its such a poorly made DVD it's a cryin' shame. The print is the worst I've ever seen, looking like it was put through a Cuisinart. The Chapter Search doesn't even have titles, like the distributor was too busy to bother working on this disc and getting it right. Get the Something Weird DVD instead."
More Top-Flight B-Movie Cheese
CG | Burlington, KY USA | 03/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great cheesy movie (very much along the lines of Hot Rod Girl). Lots of unintentional bad acting and dialogue. Arch Hall Jr. and his buds are teenage car choppers - with guns! Who would have thought that the seats in cars would be worth so much money... Very enjoyable if you like this kind of stuff."