Motorcycle Gang (1994 film)

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Motorcycle Gang
Motorcycle Gang.jpg
Written by Laurie McQuillan
Kent Anderson
Directed by John Milius
Starring Gerald McRaney
Jake Busey
Carla Gugino
Theme music composer Hummie Mann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lou Arkoff
Debra Hill
Willie Kutner
David Giler
Llewellyn Wells
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Editor(s) Mark Helfrich
Production company(s) Drive-In Classics Cinema
Budget $1.3 million[1]
Original network Showtime Networks

Motorcycle Gang originally aired on the cable television network Showtime on August 5, 1994, as part of the anthology series Rebel Highway. As with other films in the series, its name is taken from a 1950s B-movie but its plot bears no resemblance to that film.[2]

The film was directed by John Milius, who considers it one of his favorites.[3]


Army veteran Cal Morris (Gerald McRaney) and his family are driving to their new home in California and are terrorized by a motorcycle gang consisting of Jake (Jake Busey), Crab, Volker, and Kincaid. Their target is Cal's beautiful daughter, Leann (Carla Gugino), whom they kidnap and take to Mexico. Cal and his wife pursue them.


When asked why he chose to remake Motorcycle Gang, Milius said "Why not? I never saw it. I just took a story that was kind of endemic to the period. What happened in those movies is that they always had a family crossing the desert and the family is beset by giant ants, cannibals or a hot rod or motorcycle gang. So in this one I have a dysfunctional family beset by a motorcycle gang."[4]

Just before filming was to begin, the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake interrupted shooting plans. Milius said, "We couldn't get to any of the locations since mine was by far, location-wise and production-wise, the most ambitious of all of them because it all takes place out-of-doors and in the desert. We couldn't get to any of those places, so we had to find alternate ways of doing it. I thought it was very challenging and I enjoyed the challenge a great deal."[4]

The film was an early lead role for Jake Busey who call it "the most dynamic role I've had the opportunity to play," he says. "I grew up racing Motocross, off-road bikes. It's very dangerous. I quit when I was 17, after a good friend broke his back. I still have a bike. For the movie, I slicked back my hair like they did in the '50s, wore sunglasses and rode a Harley Davidson. This was definitely a thrilling experience."[5]


The film was the third in the series to be screened, after Roadracers and Confessions of a Sorority Girl.


  1. ^ Review of film at Variety
  2. ^ Willens, Michele (17 July 1994). "On Showtime's 'Rebel Highway,' some great (and not so great) B movies of the 50's live again, with a 90's twist". New York Times. p. H27.
  3. ^ "Interview with John Milius", IGN Film, 7 May 2003 accessed 5 January 2013
  4. ^ a b King, Susan (17 July 1994). "Drive-In Redux". Los Angeles Times. p. 4.
  5. ^ Mills, Nancy (1 Aug 1994). "JAKE BUSEY GETS A BREAK IN LEADING ROLE". Chicago Tribune. p. 2.

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