Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lee Madden|
|Produced by||American International Pictures|
|Screenplay by||Jeffrey Alan Fiskin|
|Music by||Randy Sparks|
Angel Unchained (also known as Hell's Angels Unchained) is a 1970 American action film directed by Lee Madden for American International Pictures and starring Don Stroud as the title character Angel. It was released in the United States on September 2, 1970.
Following a gang fight, biker Angel (Don Stroud) calls it quits and leaves his gang, the Exiles MC, (Nomad Chapter), in pursuit of a new life. He meets hippie community leader Jonathan Tremaine (Luke Askew), who is running from the anti-hippie townsfolk. Angel is quick to fall in love with another hippie, Merilee (Tyne Daly). When the situation becomes too tough to handle, Angel is forced to ask the Exiles MC to help out the hippies.
- Don Stroud as Angel
- Luke Askew as Jonathan Tremaine
- Larry Bishop as Pilot
- Tyne Daly as Merilee
- Aldo Ray as Sheriff
- T. Max Graham as Magician
Also known as Hell's Angels Unchained, Angel Unchained was directed by Lee Madden, written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, and produced by American International Pictures. Filming locations included Phoenix, Arizona, and real-life bikers were recruited for the film. Angel Unchained marked the film debut of T. Max Graham, who played Magician.
The film had its United States premiere in August 1970, before being theatrically released nationwide on September 2, 1970. Up till at least December 1971, there were still screenings of Angel Unchained in Gadsden, Alabama. A soundtrack recording was released in 1970 on American International records featuring music composed and sung by Randy Sparks.
A reviewer of The Nevada Daily Mail considered the film to be an unsuccessful attempt to combine elements of both The Wild Angels and Easy Rider. Although offering that the film was not quite meaningful, he found it to be a "fair motorcycle picture".
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