THE WILD RIDE (1960 U.S.) D/P: HARRY BERMAN W: ANN PORTER/MARION ROTHMAN/BURT TOPPER
Jack Nicholson is fun to watch in his second starring role (after THE CRY BABY KILLER) as the mean, sneering leader of a gang of speed-crazy teens who play chicken on the backroads with unsuspecting motorists. He also endangers other drivers at drag race tournaments and kidnaps a friend`s girl because she "doesn`t fit". Roger Corman was the Executive Producer of this hip speak-filled hour-long programmer (from Filmgroup), Monte Hellman edited and was the Associtae Director, Daniel Haller was the Art Director and Beach Dickerson did the sound. In 2000, someone repackaged this as VELOCITY, with 30 mins. new wraparound footage that introduces an old mechanic that`s supposed to be an aged version of Nicholson`s character recounting the original footage as a flashback! Curiously this print of THE WILD RIDE is in colour (not colorized), whereas it used to b in b/w.

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