Devil's Angels

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Devil's Angels
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Directed by Daniel Haller
Produced by Roger Corman
Burt Topper
Written by Charles B. Griffith
Starring John Cassavetes
Beverly Adams
Mimsy Farmer
Maurice McEndree
Music by Mike Curb
Cinematography Richard Moore
Edited by Kenneth G. Crane
Ronald Steiner
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
84 min.
Country United States
Box office $4 million (rentals)[1]

Devil's Angels (also known as The Checkered Flag) is a 1967 American biker movie written by Charles B. Griffith and directed by Daniel Haller. It stars John Cassavetes.


Cody (John Cassavetes) and his motorcycle gang, the Skulls, hear the story of how Butch Cassidy and his gang lived in a town called Hole-in-the-Wall, where there were no police. Inspired, Cody tells the gang that they are all going to Hole-in-the-Wall to live forever. After breaking their buddy Funky out of jail, terrorizing a store owner at a gas stop, and destroying the RV of a couple who inadvertently knock over a motorcycle, they arrive in the town of Brookville, as it is celebrating its annual picnic. The mayor, sheriff, and other townsfolk immediately want them to leave. The sheriff is more conciliatory, and comes to an agreement with Cody that the Skulls can camp on the beach if they agree to stay there and get out of town in the morning.

A local girl, fascinated by the gang, joins them on the beach. Meanwhile, the mayor and other townsfolk have decided that the sheriff is not doing a good enough job protecting the town, and that he should have run the gang out of town. The gang gets the local girl high and then begins to grope her. Frightened, she runs back to town. The mayor seizes on this as a pretext and falsely claims to the sheriff that she has been raped. The sheriff arrests Cody and has the rest of the gang run out of town. The gang decides to enlist the help of a larger motorcycle gang. Meanwhile, the sheriff realizes that he has been lied to and releases Cody. Reunited with his gang, Cody tries to convince them to continue on to Hole-in-the-Wall, but they are committed to returning to Brookville for revenge.

The gang gathers up the girl and her family, the mayor and another prominent citizen who wanted to run the gang out of town, and the sheriff, and gathers them together for a mock trial. The mayor and his companion are sentenced to being beaten up. The gang claims that they are owed a rape, and ignore Cody trying to stop them. Meanwhile, the other motorcycle gang has begun to terrorize the town. Cody asks his gang member where Hole-in-the-Wall is, and is told that it is made up. He tries to get his girlfriend to leave with him, but she does not want to go. Cody drops his president's cut off jacket/colors in the dirt and rides away on his motorcycle. As he rides away, police are visible converging on Brookville.



The filming begins in the vicinity of Point Fermin in San Pedro, CA. Scenes include a pan shot of Cabrillo Beach and motorcycle runs north and southbound on Gaffey Street, just below the upper reservation of Fort MacArthur as the Skulls start off to find to Hole-in-the-Wall. Filming took place in and around Patagonia, Arizona.[2][3]


Violence is their god... and they hunt in a pack like rabid dogs!

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  1. ^ Roger Corman & Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never lost a Dime, Muller, 1990 p 144. Variety gives this figure at $1.75 million for North America - "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  2. ^ MOVIE CALL SHEET: STORY FOR NIVEN PRODUCTION Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Dec 1966: 7.
  3. ^ Angels in Patagonia Newman, Richard. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 26 Mar 1967: c12.

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